Blue Monday trivialises depression

Blue SparkyNational mental health charity Richmond Fellowship has hit out against ‘Blue Monday’ for trivialising depression and other mental health problems.

Blue Monday – the third Monday in January – has become known as the most depressing day of the year in mainstream media with the day being attributed to returning to work after the Christmas break and the cold weather.

But with one in ten people living with a clinical diagnosis of depression, Richmond Fellowship, which is part of new national group Recovery Focus, is taking steps to remind people about the reality of living with a mental health problem every day of the year not just ‘Blue Monday’. Read more

Richmond Fellowship launches its ENRICH awards 2016

EnrichEach year Richmond Fellowship runs its ENRICH achievement awards scheme to recognise the successes our teams have had over the past year.

ENRICH stands for Enabling, Networking, Respect, Inclusion, Community and Hope – our values and key areas we want to celebrate.

It’s been another really busy year and our teams have achieved some great things across the country. The awards are a special opportunity for people to nominate the teams they work with for their fantastic contributions to making recovery reality.

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Award win for mental health services in Birmingham

My Time awardBirmingham based mental health charity My Time has been recognized for their work in supporting people with mental health problems in the Asian community.

My Time, an integrated division of Richmond Fellowship which is part of Recovery Focus, the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, has received an award for the best voluntary organisation and was recognised as having the best staff serving the local community in Birmingham by the Midland Asian Community Achievement Awards Association. Read more

Bike scheme supports people with mental health problems in Derby

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A mental health recovery house in Derby has teamed up with two local bike companies to set up a free cycle scheme to promote healthy living.

Residents at Trevayler, a medium term recovery service run by Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, have swapped four wheels for two in an effort to promote healthy living. Read more

Cambridgeshire man runs half marathon for charity that supported wife’s mental health

Kevin and JoA St. Ives man completed his first half marathon to raise money and awareness for the mental health charity that helped  his wife on her recovery journey.

Kevin Houchen, 42, took a break from managing the Ivy Leaf Club to tackle the Great Eastern Run in an impressive two hours and four minuets raising  more than £850 for national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship.

Kevin’s wife Jo had a long  history of anxiety and severe depression and was advised by doctors to give up work and challenge herself to do something fulfilling as Kevin explained:

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Southend mental health worker celebrates 15 years

Chris Musson South EndA mental health worker from Southend has celebrated 15 years of supporting people living with mental health problems.

Chris Musson, 51 from Southend, celebrated 15 years of working for Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, at a surprise party held by colleagues and residents at the charities’ supported housing service in Southend.

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Recovery Focus addresses national conference

GKLOGOconverted_resized_400x400Richmond Fellowship is to help examine the way ahead for UK mental health policy at the GovKnow conference mental health conference today (Thursday 12 November)

Derek Caren, Recovery Focus (the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities of which Richmond Fellowship is part of) group chief executive, will be addressing conference delegates and sharing information on our crisis model and our successful place of safety scheme held in conjunction with the Home Office.

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Seeking the next generation of volunteers

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We’re appealing for people to volunteer their time to support people living with mental health problems at an open event in Huddersfield.

Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, are calling on people to volunteer their time to support people living with mental health problems in Huddersfield and Kirklees.

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Mental health cafe scoops NHS award

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A charity run café which aims to tackle mental health stigma in Blackpool has won a prestigious NHS award barely ten months since its doors opened.

Sparky’s, the pioneering social café run by Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery reality, took top prize for the NHS in the North West Excellence in Supply Awards 2015.

The award comes thanks to Sparky’s work in tackling mental health stigma and providing opportunities for people living with mental health problems to gain the confidence and skills to return to work through volunteering and apprenticeships.

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