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  • Tyneside and Northumberland Mind are 1 of 3 Local Mind Associations that have been chosen nationally to run a pilot project in schools. Delivering work into Primary and Secondary schools across the region, the Department for Education have funded this project through Mind with the aim of increasing awareness of mental health and highlighting where to access support.

    In this holistic approach assemblies are delivered to all students within the school explaining mental health, resilience, and strategies to look after yourself and others. Workshops for whole classes take a more in depth look at key issues that affect mental health and emotional wellbeing and 1-2-1 support sessions are also offered as an early intervention to help students address how they’re feeling and develop positive strategies to help them cope.

    With mental health problems affecting 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5-16, and ½ of all mental health problems developing by the mid-teens, early intervention work with this age group is crucial. By getting basic information to a wide audience through school assemblies we hope to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health and create an environment where people can support one another and feel comfortable asking for help.

    In Tyneside and Northumberland the work will be delivered into 10 schools before the end of March 2016. There is currently availability for 2 more secondary schools – please contact Kate.Larkin@tynesidemind.org.uk or call 0191 477 4545 if your school is interested.

  • The People’s Café is a not for profit coffee shop which we operate in the basement of South Shields Library. It is headed up by Kym, our café co-ordinator, who is ably helped by a bunch of fun loving volunteers. It serves straightforward, nutritious refreshments and runs a number of initiatives to promote healthy eating and support peoples’ wellbeing.

    The People’s Café has been nominated as the Café of the Year in South Tyneside in a competition ran by the local paper, the Shields Gazette! This is a great achievement and shows how well regarded Kym and all of the volunteers are in their community, many congratulations to them.

    If you would like to vote for The People’s Café, you can do so by purchasing a copy of The Shields Gazette and filling in a short coupon.

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that develops after a person survives a frightening ordeal. The condition can last for a few months after the trauma or for the rest of the victim’s life. 

    It’s a global problem, which affects people all over the world regardless of country and culture; 259.2 million people suffered from PTSD in the past year.

    Its no surprise really, considering 60% of all women and 50% of men suffer from at least one traumatic experience in their lifetime, and 20% go on to develop a PTSD, yet again, these disorders go undiagnosed and awareness remains low. 30% of these cases carry on into lifelong disorders. That’s a lot of people living their lives without treatment and help for their suffering.

    PTSD is common in children.  Over 60% of children experienced or witnesses at least one traumatic event in the year of 2009.

    • ·      46% experienced physical assault
    • ·      25% witnessed violence
    • ·      10% experienced child maltreatment
    • ·      6% experienced sexual abuse

    These traumas carry on into adult life and it’s said that 21% of adults raised in foster care suffer lifelong PTSD symptoms.

    Many cases go unnoticed and undiagnosed, that is a lot of traumatised children growing into traumatised adults unassisted. 

    PTSD in the military. Unsurprisingly, 26% of OCO veterans are treated for PTSD and OCO military members commit 50% of suicides among active-duty service members.

    Domestic abuse also contributes highly to adult PTSD sufferers.

    • ·      1 in 4 women will face domestic abuse in their lifetimes
    • ·      25% of women and 8% of men will face sexual assault in their lifetimes
    • ·      85% of women and 15% of men will suffer domestic abuse
    • ·      There is a 49% chance of developing a PTSD after rape/sexual assault 

    There is still stigma surrounding PTSD and yet, as long as traumatic experiences exist, so will PTSD.  We need to work together to support those suffering and help remove the stigma in order for people to never feel ashamed about coming forward with a mental health order and to know that assistance and support is always available.

    There is still stigma surrounding PTSD and yet, as long as traumatic experiences exist, so will PTSD.  We need to work together to support those suffering and help remove the stigma in order for people to never feel ashamed about coming forward with a mental health order and to know that assistance and support is always available. 

    If you, or a loved one are suffering from PTSD we are here to help through our schemes and support groups, we believe everyone should have good access to support when it comes to mental health.

     

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