The number of people who are affected by mental health is rising. In 1990, 416 million people suffered from depression or anxiety worldwide – these numbers rose to 615 million in 2013 (World Health Organisation, 2016).
Current figures state that each year in Britain an estimated one in four adults will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem, though only 230 of every 300 who need help will actually visit their GP.
Mental illness is extremely common and exists in different forms, each of which can have an adverse effect on your well-being.
It’s easy to think there’s no right place or time to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us.
Social Sense has recently concluded a successful 12 months pilot project with local secondary schools in Birmingham, addressing emotional health and wellbeing needs.
The Big Lottery Fund provided funding to commission Social Sense’s Mindful Me Programme across 3 secondary schools in Birmingham and Dudley, including one with alternative provision, during the academic year 2016/17.
Today, 15th January, is Blue Monday, a term created by the psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2005 after a publicist at a British holiday company persuaded him to create a “scientific formula” to find out “the most depressing day of the year”.
He took into account weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing in our new year’s resolutions, motivational levels, and the feeling of a need to take action.
Firstly, I hope you had a good festive break and wish you a very Happy New Year.
It’s easy to feel gloomy in January now Christmas is over and it’s back to pre-sunrise alarm calls, but it’s also a great time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the future.
2017 was a really great year for us; among the achievements included some new faces joining the team, our new website being launched, two successful evaluation papers, winning another national award and expansion into new areas.
The delivery of Mindful Me will offer young people in Kent and Medway the opportunity to build character, resilience and strong mental wellbeing via direct delivery and digital engagement leading to purpose, fulfilment and connection to their communities.
On the back of a successful pilot in Salford and a recent award at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards, Salford CCG has recommissioned Social Sense’s Change Up programme for an extended larger study.
The project aims to promote healthy (non-violent) relationships amongst teenagers in the Salford area using Social Sense’s evidence based social norms approach.
The aim of this peer to peer project is to address misperceptions and educate young people about the true norms surrounding healthy relationships and inspire them to display and promote resilience-building values. There is also a strong emphasis on reducing barriers to reporting through peer to peer support and greater visibility of support services.
Social Sense are happy to announce that they have been nominated for two awards at Salford CVS’ Heart of Salford Awards including the Social Enterprise Award 2017. This award is for social enterprises that are fulfilling their social mission and adding value to the city of Salford.