News & Events

Saturday Feb 27th - Comedy at The Mocking Bird, Birmingham

20 February, 2016

On Saturday February 27th (13.00 - 23.00) at The Mocking Bird Theatre and Bar, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA, Jacob Lovick, Matthew's cousin, is taking part in ten hours of continuous comedy and entertainment to support the Trust with 30 other 'improvisers'.
As they say: "it's going to be a marathon of giggles…..side splitting, with the audience rolling in the aisles". 
Come and support the entertainers and the Trust!
Read more here.

Huffington Post launches 'Young Minds Matter'

17 February, 2016

Today the Huffington Post, supported by the Duchess of Cambridge, is launching Young Minds Matter (YMM), which is aiming to help raise awareness of the increasing levels of anxiety, stress and depression experienced by children in the UK.
YMM will discuss the problems, causes and, most importly, the solutions to the stigma surrounding UK's mental health crisis among our children.
YMM aims to inspire families and teachers to lead the conversation with children about mental health, so youngsters feel loved, valued and listened to.
Please read more here: Young Minds Matter from the Huffington Post

Poor mental health care 'ruining lives'

15 February, 2016

A taskforce set up by the NHS has just published a report which says that mental health care is so poor that 'lives are being ruined'.
The report says that too many people are not getting the help they need and, when they do, it is too often inadequate.
David Cameron said "for too long there hasn't been enough focus on mental health care in this country".
The NHS currently spends £9.2bn on mental health care….just 10% of its total budget, despite one in four people experiencing a problem each year. This means that 75% of people who need help, don't receive any support.
The Government has recently promised to invest a further £1bn p.a. as part of the biggest transformation of mental healthcare across the NHS in a generation.
Please read more here.

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.