News & Events

'Time to Change' anti-stigma Campaign

15 March, 2011

Time To Change is an anti-stigma campaign led by leading mental health charities MIND and Rethink, starting on March 21st 2011.

These two charities decided to work together, combining their knowledge, skills and expertise, in the biggest attempt yet in England to end the discrimination that surrounds mental health.

This is the first project in England that aims to change behaviour, rather than just attitudes.

The aims of the programme are to create a significant positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems and achieve a big reduction in discrimination by 2012.

To read more please look at the Time to Change website:

Open Mic Night – Tim Wynn-Jones

3 February, 2011
Open Mic Night – Tim Wynn-Jones

On Tuesday 30th November 2010 Tim Wynn-Jones performed at an open-mic night at The Pig & Fiddle pub in Bath to help raise funds and awareness for the trust.

Tim has kindly written a small account of his evening below:

I had long intended to start playing my guitar and singing beyond the confines of the sitting room, but as with many intentions, I always found a reason to push it back a while.

The week before performing my good mate Doug, Matthew’s brother, visited Bath for dinner following a meeting in Bristol.  We talked about The Matthew Elvidge Trust at length and also of my own experience with depression and anxiety. 

The Trust was the catalyst I needed to finally get up and sing.  In front of a crowd of about 50 people I opened with a sheepish plea to go easy on me – it was my first time performing solo in public.  I then opened with Life in Technicolour by Coldplay, followed by When You Were Young by The Killers and Another Lonely Day by Ben Harper.  With the kind permission of the management at The Pig & Fiddle I then spoke about The Matthew Elvidge Trust and took a collection during the final song called Re Stacks by Bon Iver.  The song was written about coming to terms with grief.  To quote the artist’s mother:  ‘To me, it is not about getting over things and moving forward, it is about going through the sadness, taking some of it with you and being made whole because of it.’  The collection, kindly taken by my girlfriend Blanche and friend Antonia, raised £85 for the Trust.  One couple who weren’t even there for the music amazingly emptied their pockets and wallets and gave £18, whilst more than one person came to our table to give a donation and say that they had loved ones who had been affected by depression.  The experience was fun, terrifying, humbling and inspiring. I’d like to thank the generosity of the Pig & Fiddle and all who supported me and The Matthew Elvidge Trust on the night”. 
The Matthew Elvidge Trust would like to thank Tim for his amazing support and taking the time out to promote the trust. Tim is also running for the Trust in the Fleet Half Marathon on 20th March.

Edinburgh Young Professionals Winter Ball

26 November, 2010

On 26th November 2010 Edinburgh Young Professionals (EYP) very kindly offered to hold their annual winter ball in aid of The Matthew Elvidge Trust. The EYP wrote:                                                                                             
“The ball was attended by over 450 young professionals at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh. All guests were welcomed with a champagne reception before taking their seats in the impressive exchange. The grand room provided an incredible space for an evening of dinner and dancing and for The Matthew Elvidge Trust to talk about the history of the trust and their aims and objectives            
Doug, one of Matthew’s older brothers, gave a very poignant address on behalf of the Trust. He spoke fondly of his late brother and told us about the Trust that his family has set up. “ 
Through a raffle and various games throughout the night EYP raised a staggering £6,155 for the Trust. The EYP would like to thank Doug Elvidge and his family, Danni and her team at the Corn Exchange and Prestige Scotland, Kilter who put on yet another magnificent Ceilidh set, LookLook who provided a photo-booth to capture members in their finest fancy dress, all of our prize donors and finally to our sponsors Brewin Dolphin and Simpson Marwick, without whom the ball would not have been the success it was. At 1am, the first snow of the winter had begun to fall as guests made their way back onto the buses to be transported to Lulu for the after-party. The EYP were delighted that so many members and guests were able to join on the night and to have raised such a fantastic amount for the Trust. We hope everyone is already looking forward to next year!”
The Matthew Elvidge Trust would like to thank Lucinda, Tom and Carla for all their hard work in setting up the evening and for allowing us to promote both the Trust and the issues surrounding depression.

1,000 miles for Matt

28 August, 2010

In August 2010 nine of Matthew’s close friends from Newcastle University, led by Chucky Rayner, cycled across Britain in memory of their good friend and to raise funds for the Trust.

 They cycled between each of their homes; a route which started in Northern Ireland, then across Scotland and as far south as Hastings before ending up in Arrow Lane, Hartley Wintney on Sunday August 29th – a total trip covering 1,000 miles. This is an amazing achievement by nine courageous and passionate young men and we are so very proud of what they have achieved. This was illustrated by a number of comments from donors, including:
“I just saw you ride past my house in Dronfield, so I looked your efforts up on the net and wanted to donate. Well done!”
“This is an issue close to my heart and I sincerely hope that you are successful in your cycle, and, more importantly, in your bid to improve awareness and services for young people.”
“We'd like to donate the money that you paid us for the night's accommodation to the Trust. Good Luck with the rest of the cycle!”

Trust responds to Coroner's Consultation

The revised 2012 National Suicide Prevention Strategy introduced a new focus on importance of providing effective support for those bereaved by suicide. The Matthew Elvidge Trust believes that Coroners should play a more significant role in providing support by understanding the needs of all those affected and ensuring that people are signposted to the very best local support available. This would include a statutory requirement to make 'Help is at Hand' available (due for review in 2013).
We consider that this role should be proactive and statutory to ensure that every family is offered the same level of support and information.   
Families bereaved by suicide are at much greater risk of potential self harm and suicide and it is vital that inquests are held at the very earliest opportunity to enable families and friends to move their lives forward in the grieving and recovery process. A prolonged period between the death and the inquest introduces unnecessary stress, anxiety and risk for all those left behind and a target of 3 months should be introduced.
The Matthew Elvidge Trust believes that the level of research carried out into the causes of suicide and the potential interventions to reduce risk are disturbingly low. It is vital that every opportunity is provided to learn from past suicides and therefore all Coroners should be required to make their records available for bonafide researchers within the constraints of confidentialty and data protection. Every case will provide important information about the background to the suicide, the individual's state of mind, the triggers, weaknesses in support provided and ideas for improvement and prevention that , if researched properly, could save lives in the future. We consider that disclosure should be a statutory requirement of every coroner's office.
The Government places great significance on the production of reliable, accurate and timely data on suicides in order to drive the right interventions to reduce future risk.Over the last decade there has been an increasing reluctance to return a verdict of suicide and a corresponding increase in the number of narrative verdicts. This has distorted the true picture about the number of suicides, which increases the risk that all those involved in suicide prevention will treat the public health risk with a lower priority.
At present Coroners have to use the higher criminal standard of proof before returning a suicide verdict, despite the fact that suicide has not been a criminal offence for some 50 years. We consider that the standard of proof should be changed to civil and therefore 'beyond reasonable doubt'. This would have the effect of creating more accurate national data, but also begin to reduce the stigma associated with suicide, which particularly for men, is a major reason for people not seeking help.