News & Events

Andrew Brown conquers New Zealand

6 February, 2016

A huge thank you to Andrew Brown, who cycled 1,300 miles from Cape Regina, North Island to Bluff, South Island…..a total of 1,300 miles in 10 days….an amazing acievement over Christmas and New Year.
He was raising funds for The Matthew Elvidge Trust and the Toy Trust.
Thamk you Andrew!

Trust at the Suicide Prevention Alliance Conference

5 February, 2016

The Trust attended the 2nd National Suicide Prevention Alliance Conference on February 2nd. We are a Co-Chair alongside Samaritans and Rethink.
The Conference was addressed by Rt Hon Alistair Burt, MP, Minister for Community and Care Services; Gregor Henderson, National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health Engalnd and Prof Louis Appleby, Chair, National Suicidie Prevention Alliance.
The main themes and messages coming from the speakers were:

  • suicide is a growing and major public health problem
  • sucide is preventable and every life lost is one too many
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards must implement the Strategy through a local suicide prevention plan ( 56% do not currently have a plan)
  • the number of deaths through suicide can be reduced significantly through collaboration across communities
  • everyone bereaved or affected by suicide must be offered support

The Trust also addressed the Conference and emphasised the importance of our childrens' education and the need for wellbeing and good mental health to be at the centre of the culture and ethos of every school.
The Conference was closed by Jonny Benjamin, mental health campaigner, who launched a social media campaign called 'Find Mike', to search for the stranger on the bridge, who talked him out of taking his own life in 2008.

School based education reduces suicide attempts

22 January, 2016

The Lancet has recently published the results of research carried out in 168 schools across Europe, called the 'Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe' trial (SEYLE).
This has demonstrated that training and education of teachers and pupils in suicide awareness and mental health significantly reduces the incidence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.
Please read more here.

Time to Talk - a service of reflection for people affected by suicide

8 December, 2015

On Saturday February 27th 2016 at 10.30 there will be a service of reflection for those bereaved or affected by suicide. This will be held at St Martin in the Fields. It will be a 'time together with music, words and space for reflection for those with loss and grief….journeying towards hope and healing'.
This is a free event, organised by St Martins in the Fields and The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities and, if you would like to attend, please contact http://judimeadows.com with the number of seats you require. Free e-tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Every school will have a mental health champion

5 December, 2015

The Government has just announced a new pilot programme, which will introduce a new 'mental health champion' in 250 schools and, if successful, this will be rolled out to all schools.
The pilot schools will select a teacher, teaching assistant or nurse to act as the 'point of contact' to forge a relationship with their local NHS childrens' service, to ensure that children receive the right treatment.
This is good news, but as Nicky Morgan, Minister for Education says: 'the development of character, resilience and good mental health in vital alongside academic success in equipping young people with the skills needed to fulfil their potential'.
The Trust considers that this should be provided for all children as part of their education. Emotional wellbeing and good mental health should be at the centre of the ethos and culture of all our childrens' education. This will ensure more children fourish and fewer children need help. This can only be achieved if all teachers and staff are trained and all children are given the opportuity to:

  • learn how to keep emotionally and mentally healthy
  • understand the signs of being unwell
  • have the skills to recover and
  • build confidence to ask for help, when its needed

This way we will remove the stigma of mental health, which prevents early intervention. Emotional wellbeing and good mental health must become part of our language in education.
Please read more here.