Trust supports Wellbeing and Mental Health in UK Universities

2nd December 2016

The Trust has joined forces with Universities UK, Public Health England and the Higher Education and Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to develop a Vision and Framework for Wellbeing and Mental Health in UK Uiniversities.
This will be developed over the next 6-9 months and will encourage and enable Universities to take a whole university approach to welllbeing and good mental health…..helping all students and all staff to:
 - understand the importance of wellbeing and good mental health
 - know how to keep healthy
 - undertsand the signs of not being well and have ths skills to recover
 - be confident to ask for help and receive the right support quickly
This programme is built on the principle that we all have emotional wellbeing and mental health and need to understand how to look after it!
It was launched on Friday December 2nd 2016 at the Universities UK members meeting of all Vice Chancellors.

Partnership launches Best Practice Framework for Schools

13th March 2015

The Trust founded and funds the Partnership for Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools - a network of 40 organisations hosted by the National Childrens' Bureau. This Partnership has just published advice for schools on how to promote emotional wellbeing and support pupils with mental health issues as part of school life.
Professor Katherine Weare carried out a systematic review of best practice and research worldwide and the Framework outlines effective approaches that include professional learning and staff development, adopting a whole school approach and developing robust policies to underpin the suppportive environment.
The Framework shows how to engage the whole school community so that teachers, staff, parents and pupils understand all about the importance of emotional wellbeing and mental health  and how to keep well.
Please read more here: Best Practice Framework for Schools

Trust chairs the Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership

3rd June 2014

The Trust has been appointed chair of the The Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership (SBSP), which was formed in early 2014.
The Partnership comprises all the organisations that provide support for people bereaved or affected by suicide in the UK. This includes the Childhood Bereavement Network, Child Bereavement UK,  CALM, CRUSE, the Department of Health, IfUCareShare, The James Wentworth Stanley Memorial Fund, Manchester University, Papyrus, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, Samaritans and Winston's Wish.
The SBSP Vision is that:
"Everyone bereaved or affected by suicide should be offered and receive timely and appropriate support."
Mission Statement
The Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership (SBSP) is the hub for those organisations and individuals working across the UK to support people, who have been bereaved by suicide. It's mission statement is:
“We believe that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide, of whatever age, should always be offered and receive timely and appropriate support and be able easily to access a choice of appropriate local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of the death on their lives.” 
All SBSP members are committed to making this a reality.
 The members of SBSP aim to work collaboratively to:
 ·      ensure all those bereaved or affected by suicide are offered and receive timely and appropriate support
·       increase access to information about services and resources that are available
·       improve the range and quality of bereavement support after a death by suicide
·       reduce the incidence of suicide or attempted suicide in those who have been bereaved by suicide.

SBSP achieves these aims through:
 • advocating for all those bereaved by suicide by influencing policy, increasing public understanding, striving to include bereavement by suicide in all bereavement pathways
 • signposting families, professionals and the public to appropriate sources of high quality bereavement support by developing mechanisms (website; online directories; email/text message; bereavement care pathways) for fast, simple access
• supporting each other and other professionals to find and share the knowledge and resources they need to deliver high quality, accessible care to those bereaved by suicide by: sharing knowledge of members’ services; national and regional meetings; newsletters
 • researching the impact of bereavement through suicide; working with researchers to develop an understanding of the incidence and the effects of bereavement by suicide; evaluating the outcomes of programmes of support for those bereaved through suicide; and developing care service standards for those bereaved by suicide
 • generating new ideas and approaches to improving care for those bereaved by suicide.
Please contact the Trust if you would like to find out more.

Trust continues to support Nightline

3rd March 2016

The Trust has recently agreed to continue its support for Nightline, which provides through-the-night listening support in over 90 UK universities and colleges.
Nightlines are run by student volunteers for students and operate every night of the term.
We have recently agreed to fund emotional wellbeing and suicide awareness training for their 2,500 volunteers.
Please read more about Nightline on their website here.

Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders

14th December 2014

The Trust is a founding member of the Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders(AMHRF). This is a group of charities and foundations that support mental health research, share progress and generate new ideas for improving research in the UK. We believe that more and better research is urgently required to find ways of promoting good mental health, treating problems and supporting the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
Please read more on the AMHRF website.

Trust supports Hart 121 Youth Counselling Project

21st September 2014

The Trust has recently provided funding for an important, local counselling service in Hart, covering the three areas of Yateley/Frogmore; Fleet/Crondall and Odiham/ Hook/ Hartley Wintney.
The young people being supported will include those with severe depression, anxiety and phobias, as well as eating disorders, self harming, suicidal feelings and anger management issues.
Hart Voluntary Action will manage the new service, which will benefit from full supervision for all counsellors and provide up to 48 hours of counselling every week.
This is an exciting new service in an area has that precious little counselling support for young people.
Please read more about Hart Voluntary Action here.

Trust appointed Co-Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA)

7th March 2014

The Trust has been appointed Co-Chair of the Natonal Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA).
In September 2012 the Government published its National Suicide Prevention Strategy and, at the same time, 50 organisations across public, private and third sectors came together to form a Call to Action to tackle the issue of suicide prevention. They made a national declaration, which highlighted the actions required to prevent suicide and this has now led to the creation of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.
The other Co-Chairs are Catherine Johnstone, CEO of Samaritans and Alison Mohammed, COO of Rethink Mental Illness.
Please read more in the NSPA Annual Review.

New Cameras for Beachy Head Chaplaincy

16th November 2013

The Trust has just provided funding for two new thermal imaging cameras for the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team(BHCT). This will provide them with much greater ability to search for deponsdent people at Beachy Head and save lives. The Vision of the BHCT team is to see an end to suicide at Beachy Head and they currently provide over 100 hours of proactive patrols each week.
Read more on the BHCT Facebook Page.

Trust support Student Minds

19th October 2013

We are delighted to provide funding, alongside the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and the James Wentworth Stanley Memorial Fund, for Student Minds, which has recently merged the mental health campaigning and awareness raising activities of Mental Wealth,UK.
Student Minds was formed in 2008 and is working to enhance the mental health of students across the UK by providing student led campaigning and peer support.
We are really excited about the future of the Student Minds and how it will be able to make a real impact on research, support and awareness.
Student Minds will be extending the range of support it can offer both to students and higher education institutions and be opening up new volunteering and training opportunities.
This is really good news and we look forward to supporting Student Minds over the coming years.
Please read more about Student Minds.

Trust funds training of 2,500 Nightline Volunteers

19th October 2013

The Trust is funding the Nightline Association, alongside the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and the James Wentworth Stanley Memorial Fund, to provide suicide awareness and emotional resilience training for all its 2,500 volunteers. They provide through-the-night listening support to students in distress at 90 UK Universities and colleges.
Nightline Charity Development Manager, Mags Godderidge says: "Our vision is for every student to be able to talk about their feelings in a safe, non-judgemental environment and to have fewer students die by suicide. As the leading provider of an out-of-hours listening support service for students, it's essential that Nightline volunteers have the skills, knowledge and confidence to support student callers who express suicidal thoughts."
Please read more on the Nightline website.

Trust supports Suicide Awareness Training in Universities

28th June 2013

Over the last three years Counselling and Psychotherapists in Primary Care (CPC) have been training university counselling and student support services staff in suicide awareness. This has been funded by the James Wentworth Stanley Memorial Fund. This is aimed at the needs of 18 - 25 year olds and provides professional university staff with the skills and confidence to spot the signs and know how to work face to face with students who are expereincing suicidal feelings and support them through to recovery.
The Matthew Elvidge Trust now supports CPC and is having joint discussions about increasing the number of universities and colleges that benefit from this training.


Alliance for Student Led Wellbeing

28th March 2013

The Trust chairs the Alliance for Student Led Wellbeing which comprises organisations who aim to raise awareness about the importance of good mental health, reduce the stigma associated with anxiety and depression and provide practical help and emotional support to university and college students, working alongside campus and public services.
 The members are:
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust  
Student Minds  
The Matthew Elvidge Trust  
Students against Depression  
Student Hubs  

The members deliver a wide range of services including campaigning, providing information, training for staff and volunteers and running support groups and services. The Alliance provides the opportunity for members to deliver the best possible service and make good use of funds by sharing resources, learning from each others’ activities and working together on joint initiatives.

Trust appointed to NHS Suicide Research Panel

12th March 2013

In September 2012 the Department of Health published its updated National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England and, at the same time, announced a new research initiative, which aims to develop new understanding about the causes of suicide, which can inform future policy making…..particularly in relation to improving prevention measures.
The Trust was invited to be a Panel Member, providing advice from a 'patient and public' perspective.
The Panel met in March 2013 and considered a wide variety of applications for the funds of £1.5m. These included research into how to reduce the level of risk in children and young people, high risk groups and people who self harm, as well as how to encourage the media to provide more sensitive and sensible reporting of suicide and how to improve the level of support available to families and those affected by suicide.
The Department of Health is currently considering the recommendations from the Panel and we look forward to the outcomes from the research improving everyones' understanding of the signs and ensuring more people receive the right professional help at the earliest possible stage.

New core funding and cameras for Beachy Head Team

8th December 2012

The Matthew Elvidge Trust has agreed to provide core funding for the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team (BCHT) in addition to the purchase two thermal imaging cameras, one long range and one mobile to support their patrols at Beachy Head. This core funding will ensure that the team can continue to patrol Baechy Head 100 hours each week.

The BHCT is a Christian chaplaincy, specialising in suicide intervention at the notorious suicide spot of Beachy Head, in Sussex, where Matthew took his own life on September 20th 2009. The team is made up largely of volunteers, who are all Christians and active members of local church congregations.

BCHT consists of a proactive frontline team, an on call response team, a search dog unit, an aftercare team, as well as administration and prayer groups.It works very closely with Sussex Police and HM Coastguard and has now reached out to more than 1,000 people, saved 100’s of lives, and, as a search and rescue team,  is one of the busiest  in the UK with over 700 incidents in 2011 and 266 despondent people being rescued.
BHCT currently has 15 team members, who patrol Beachy Head for over 100 hours a week, every week of the year and the on-call response team provides cover 24 hours a day.
More information on the Beach Head Chaplaincy Team can be found at BCHT.

New Room for Counselling Pastoral Trust, Fulham

1st December 2012

We have recently supported The Counselling Pastoral Trust (CPT)  in Fulham and funded a new counselling room, which increases their space by 20%. This new room is now in use and has made a huge difference to the work of the Trust.

CPT is a Christian based organisation, which supports families and individuals to make a full recovery from mental and emotional illlness. They have been operating for over 19 years, train 50 volunteers each year in the use of Schema Therapy and, during that time, have helped over 5,000 distressed individuals.

Read more at Counselling Pastoral Trust.

Trust support Student Run Self Help

16th November 2012

This year the Royal College of Pschiatrists published a report on the state of student mental health. This presented worrying findings about the increase of mental health problems and the decrease in the capacity of universities to provide support for students who need help.
Student Run Self Help, with support from The Matthew Elvidge Trust, has therefore decided to hold a Conference over the weekend of November 24th/25th, which will bring together leading experts, who will provide insightful talks and discussion groups on the impact of mental health on students and how to run effective awareness and support projects.
The programme will cover stigma and how to fight it; depression and the power of being mindful; eating disorders and how to build positive body image; personal stories of students' experiences; how universities can help students with mental health problems and more.
If you are a student and would like to find out more and get involved, please take  a look at this link to all the Conference details:

UCL, Open Minds expands University and Schools initiative

13th November 2012

Open Minds (OM) is a project started in 2009 at UCL by Kelly Clarke to enable medical students to recognise some of the signs of mental illness in themselves, friends and family and to provide them with key information about where they can get treatment and help. These students are then trained to provide mental health education workshops in local secondary schools.
 Over the last three years OM has trained 80 medical students and 1,300 students at eight local schools. 
The James Wentworth Stanley Memorial Fund has provided a three year grant to roll out this model to another five universities - Manchester; Kings College, London; Birmingham; Lancaster and St George’s, London. 
The Matthew Elvidge Trust attended the launch workshop in November 2012 and gave a talk covering the work of the Trust and Young Peoples’ Mental Health. Volunteers are all medical students. 
The workshop enabled the OM team to deliver a very comprehensive programme for the five universities to follow covering recruiting their teams, preparing and running workshops, attracting speakers, recruiting schools and evaluation. 

Students against Depression Website relaunched

8th November 2012

The Trust has provided support to the relaunch of the Students against Depression website.
One in four of us will experience some kind of mental health problem in our lifetime. One in 10 will expereince depression or anxiety with depression in any one year. These statistics hold true for students and young people. Depression is one of the biggest dangers facing young people today - suicide is the biggest killer of young men aged under 35 in the UK.
Students against Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking. Alongside clinically-validated information and resources, it present the experiences, strategies and advice of students themselves - after all, who are better placed to speak to their peeers about how depression can be overcome.
Please read more at:

Training for 200 Nightline Volunteers

21st August 2012

The Trust has agreed to support Nightline (, which runs student led listening and information services providing support to students nationwide in over 90 universities. Nightlines receive calls on a wide variety of topics including depression, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, loneliness and more. They also improve accessibility to local mental health support and are a totally confidential service.

We have provided support with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and the James Wentworth Stanley Memorial Fund for six regional one day training events for their 200 volunteers nationwide in autumn 2012, ahead of the start of the academic year. 

Mental Wealth UK

17th November 2012

The Matthew Elvidge Trust cotinues to support Mental Wealth, UK (MW,UK). This is a registered charity which promotes positive mental wellbeing in UK universities by establishing a network of student-led groups, who seek to “open minds, create understanding on all aspect of mental wealth and connect people with the resources they need to thrive.
MW,UK started following the success of a student led society at the University of Leeds in 2010, which was set up to ‘bring mental wellbeing out of the shadows’. It has constitutional backing from the National Union of Students (NUS) and there are now 30 groups established across the UK.
A Mental Wealth Group is a collection of students, recognised by the Student Union, which aims to promote positive mental wellbeing on campus and beyond. It's built on the belief that everyone can do something to promote their own mental wellbeing, as well as those around them.
Each group offers a place for students that is supportive, non-judgmental and enriching and serves as a bridge to the mental health, wellbeing and counselling services provided on campus. Groups offer social activities, stimulate discussion & learning and campaign for changes in policy or attitude. All groups are formally affiliated to Mental Wealth, UK, which offers them a place where they can go to for support, advice and resources.
A central committee of eleven students from across the country support the National Development Officer.
Mental Wealth UK is also supported by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and the James Wentworth Stanley Memorial Fund.
Learn more about Mental Wealth, UK through the following link:

Trust supports SOBS

23rd March 2012

The Matthew Elvidge Trust supports Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS), which is a charitable non-profit organisation founded by Alice Middleton, MBE in 1990, when she lost her brother to suicide and found there was no support available.

It supports more than 10,000 people each year, who have been left behind by suicide, operates throughout the U.K. and performs a role not offered by any other national group or charity.

It aims to provide a safe, confidential environment in which people bereaved by suicide can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other. It also strives to improve public awareness and maintain contacts with many other statutory and voluntary organisations.

It has a national office and 46 support groups. Its services benefit adults and families in their communities, who have been affected by suicide bereavement and helps them to cope with their loss, rebuild confidence, have the ability to cope with life and move forward.

SOBS Website

National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Board

25th March 2012

The Matthew Elvidge Trust is a member of the Government’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS) Advisory Board and co-chairs the Alliance of Suicide Charities (TASC). Our involvement with these two groups enable us to:

  • influence policy to improve training for people in contact with those who suffer from depression and are suicidal
  • make recommendations for the improvement of psychsocial risk assessment processes
  • influence the confidentiality policy of the medical professions, to ensure that it encourages the involvement of family and friends in peoples’ care and recovery
  • improve the level of support provided to families bereaved by suicide

Trust co-chairs The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities

23rd May 2011

The Trust is a founder member and co-chair of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC UK) which comprises all of the leading small charities dealing with suicide prevention and mental health issues.
TASC UK shares the belief that, whilst not every suicide may be prevented, many of the thousands that occur each year are preventable, provided that there is appropriate help and resource available. The stigma surrounding mental health and the taboos surrounding suicide mean that, all too often, suicide is seen as an inevitable consequence of a particular weakness inherent in the individual.
TASC knows that this isn’t the case. Rather too often our healthcare and social checks have failed someone clearly asking for or in need of help. We believe that suicide is a serious health issue and mental health should be given the same emphasis as physical health.

TASC Purpose and Aims
TASC came together as an initiative to encourage collaboration and prevent duplication of efforts and funding in the area of suicide research and prevention. TASC was set up in November 2010 and holds quarterly meetings to discuss common goals, current research and future actions.
The aims of this group are:

  •  to share information about the prevention and reduction of suicide and the causes and triggers underlying suicidal behaviour
  •   to work together, when appropriate, to influence policy and decision makers in the adoption of effective suicide prevention strategies
  •   to identify key weaknesses, which may potentially add to the number of suicides
  •   to identify key interventions, which could reduce suicide and help to deliver effective change
  •   to work together, when appropriate, to raise the issue with the media

Mental Health Research Funders' Forum

5th March 2011

The Matthew Elvidge Trust is part of the Mental Health Research Funders' Forum (MHRFF).

Mental Health problems affect 16m people in the UK and research into the causes and effective treatments is incredibly underfunded, as highlighted on the BBC News website recently:

This Forum exists to enable collaboration between individuals and organisations that provide grants to support mental health research.  By working together, the Forum hopes to extend the influence and the impact of its work and avoid duplication.  Specific partnership agreements are being developed on particular projects where there is mutual interest, for example suicide prevention.

To find out more aboiut the Forum please visit the MHRFF website at:

Other members include:
Association of Medical Research Charities
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Dennis Stevenson
James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund
Jeremy Butler
Judy Meadows Memorial Fund
McPin Foundation
Mental Health Research Network
Mental Health Research UK
Science Media Centre
South London and Maudsley Charitable Trust