Mark Hanson 1974-2011

Mark Hanson

Get Involved

Following Mark’s death, so many people have offered to help whether it be pledging their time and expertise or fundraising that we decided to set up a microsite to help make use of everyone’s skills in the best way possible and ensure that their time is used efficiently.

Loads of ideas about things we can do in memory of Mark and his work have already been suggested and a group of us have met with Mind to discuss how we might be able to help with some of their campaigns. Any help and support you are able to give will be hugely appreciated.

The response to Mark’s death has been absolutely incredible. Thank you, it means so much.

Clare

Mind’s campaigns

Mental health at work

Mental health costs UK business £26 billion a year, yet many employers are still convinced it isn’t an issue in their workplace. We want to raise awareness of mental health at work and ensure that good practice and policies are put in place to support those who are experiencing mental distress.

This campaign is the focus of the forthcoming Mind Week (14-21 May), which is aimed at encouraging people to start talking about ‘the elephant in the room’. Employers are being asked to sign up to support the campaign and Mind will be holding a business summit to discuss the issues.

Employees are also encouraged to sign up to simple pledges that will make their workplace more mentally healthy.

Benefits and welfare reform

Changes to benefits and welfare are currently causing distress and concern for many people. Mind has grave concerns about the suitability of the Work Capability Assessment being used to judge whether those with mental health problems are ‘fit to work’ and the team is lobbying hard to ensure alternative proposals are considered.

Access to talking therapies / NHS reforms

Counselling and psychotherapy can offer an invaluable lifeline for those with mental health problems and, whilst Mind support the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, too many people are still waiting too long for access to talking therapies. It’s vital that the importance of this type of treatment isn’t forgotten, particularly in the current programme of reforms.

Acute and Crisis Care

Up to 100,000 people receive in-patient or crisis care each year. Mind wants everyone who needs access to acute and crisis mental health services to receive high quality care, regardless of where they live in England and Wales.

They are currently facilitating an independent inquiry into the state of acute and crisis care across the country to:

  • establish the true picture of acute and crisis care
  • create a vision for the treatment, care and support of adults in acute mental distress
  • develop a set of practical, feasible recommendations to bring that vision about

Debt and mental health

Debt isn’t just a financial problem; surveys have shown it can have a huge impact on mental health, causing stress, anxiety and depression. As well as providing advice and support to those in debt, Mind has been working with bailiffs, banks and credit card companies to help them understand the needs of those experiencing mental distress.

 

Infoline and Legal advice line

These information lines provide both those experiencing mental health problems and their family and friends with the ability to make informed choices. We provide information about sources of local support, types of treatment and legal rights. We also send out printed information on request.

Time to Change

Time to Change is a public awareness raising campaign which we run in partnership with Rethink. Its aim is to break down the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems. You may have seen the recent advertising campaign. The campaign also runs a range of local and community projects to break down barriers and improve understanding – including the ‘Imagine your goals’ scheme with football clubs across England.

Ecominds

Ecominds funds environmental projects that help people with experience of mental distress get involved in local green activities to improve confidence, self-esteem and physical health. Nationally spread with 130 projects across England, the scheme aims to help and support thousands of people.

 

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