The Trust

 Objectives

The main objective of the Trust is to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of good emotional wellbeing and mental health including:

  • developing the skills to keep healthy
  • understanding the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses
  • developing the skills to cope with difficult periods and having the resilience to recover
  • having the confidence to ask for, and receive the right professional help early

We also aim to reduce the stigma of anxiety and depression and fund, support and advise organisations that work in the field of:

  • emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • suicide prevention
  • support after suicide

How we aim to achieve these objectives

We achieve these objectives by raising funds and distributing them to charities and projects, who work in this field and particularly those that are involved in:

In additon we are members of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Board, Founding Co-Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (2013-2016) and co-chair of The Alliance of (Small) Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC), which enable us to influence government policy, which will improve training and risk assessment, encourage the involvement of families and friends in peoples' care and improve the level of support for those bereaved.

We also chair the Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership, which brings together all those organsiations involved in providing support to those bereaved or affected by suicide in the UK.

There is more information about all these organisations in our Activities and News pages, as well as links to the relevant websites.

 Trustees

 The Trustees are:

  • Hamish Elvidge (Chair), Linda Elvidge, David Elvidge, Douglas Elvidge, Charlotte Elvidge, Allen Timpany, Dr Charles Rayner, Julia Fairbairn (BSc (Hons) PGCE with QTS)

We regularly review the balance and number of Trustees and Advisers, to ensure that we have the right balance of skills to achieve the objectives of the Trust. 

The warning signs of depression:

  • Changes in mood

    Changes in mood

  • Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism

    Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism

  • Difficulty in making decisions

    Difficulty in making decisions

  • Irregular Sleep

    Irregular Sleep

  • Decreased Energy

    Decreased Energy

  • Tearfulness

    Tearfulness

  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness

    Feelings of guilt and worthlessness

  • Restlessness

    Restlessness

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

    Thoughts of death or suicide

  • Appetite and weight loss

    Appetite and weight loss

  • Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood

    Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia

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