Centre for Mental Health news

June 2021

Hello from Sarah!

Dear friends,
We hope you've been enjoying some long overdue sunshine. It’s been another busy month for us here at the Centre. We’ve published
new research into how creative and sporting activities can make mental health support more accessible for boys and young men. You can find out more on this in our YouTube Q&A.
This week we were deeply disappointed to see the insensitive and harmful reactions to Naomi Osaka opening up about her mental health difficulties. When someone at work raises concerns about their mental health and asks for help, it’s vital that they are believed, taken seriously, and met with a compassionate and sensitive response. You can read our response to these events 
here. Also, do take a look at Kadra Abdinasir’s latest blog on current policy and rhetoric around managing behaviour in schools – we’re clear that the Government need to put young people’s wellbeing at the heart of any approach.

Do you fancy joining our team? We're looking for a new Public Affairs & Policy Lead and a Researcher with Quantitative Skills. Could this be you? Find out more about the roles

Be sure to also check out our brilliant 
podcast episode with Marsha McAdam and a great new piece from our writer in residence, Ramone.

Take care,

Trying something new

‘Thriving Not Just Surviving’ was a three-year programme funded by Comic Relief to deliver community-based mental health support tailored to the needs of boys and young men. Centre for Mental Health evaluated this programme and found that embedding mental health support in sporting and creative activities can engage boys and young men who might find traditional services less welcoming or relevant.

Download the report here

Live Q&A: Supporting young men's mental health
Kadra Abdinasir and Ibrahim Hirsi answer your questions about ways to support young men's mental health
Podcast: Marsha McAdam 'speaking up with borderline personality disorder'

Mental health ambassador Marsha McAdam speaks about using her lived experience to create meaningful changes in services, and how those of us living with a mental health difficulties can 'bring our whole selves' to work.

Listen on Spotify | Listen on Apple podcasts | Full transcript
Writer in residence: The things we do for love
"Why does that which is wrong for me feel so… not wrong?"

We're thrilled to share the latest from our writer in residence Ramone, exploring the struggle of sticking to the path that's best for our wellbeing. Read his piece.
Live Q&A: Covid-19 and the nation's mental health
The Centre's Chief Economist, Nick O'Shea answers your questions about our latest analysis of the pandemic's impact on our mental health
We currently have two exciting job opportunities going at the Centre:
Each of these positions has a vital role to play in our work towards making equality in mental health a reality. Find out more and apply
Behaviour and mental health: towards a new approach
Kadra reflects on the current rhetoric around behaviour in schools, and urges those in policy and practice to re-imagine their approach
Mental health for all: working across the spectrum
Andy explores how putting the public's mental health at the heart of government can create a healthier, stronger and more compassionate society
We hope you've enjoyed hearing about our work bringing equality for mental health closer.

We'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions for this newsletter and our digital presence - drop me an email at [email protected].

Best wishes,

Alethea Joshi
Digital & Communications Lead 
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