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.
It is World Kindness Day 2017 today, so it is important to look at the benefits of being kind and doing random acts of kindness can have on a person’s physical and mental health.
Did you know that random acts of kindness not only make us feel more connected to each other but can also have huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing? Research has shown that engaging in positive activities like regularly being kind to others boosts positive emotions, thoughts and behaviour, which in turn improves your general wellbeing. Studies have also shown that Kindness makes us happier, gives us healthier hearts, slows aging, makes for better relationships, and is contagious.
Unfortunately, even in 2017, most LGBT people are not completely transparent about their sexuality in every setting in their lives. This is disappointing but unsurprising with attacks on LGBT+ people surge almost 80% in UK over last four years.
With the majority of LGBT+ people not completely open and LGBT+ youths four times more likely to kill themselves than their heterosexual counterparts, this must be having a distressing impact on their mental health. With it being #NationalComingOutDay today, I thought it important to look at the correlation between ‘coming out’ or not coming out and mental health.