Category Archives: Mental Health

Dance On – keeping older people in Leeds moving and grooving through lockdown

For many people across Leeds, finding fun and interesting ways to stay active at home has been a challenge in the past few months, one that remains important even now as lockdown measures begin to ease. For the more vulnerable … Continue reading

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Developing peer support opportunities across Leeds and supporting groups to adapt to Covid-19 challenges

As defined by Mind, peer support is all about people using their own experiences to help each other. While peer support activities can differ vastly, whether in terms of what brings members together, the format of the sessions or the … Continue reading

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Virtual Death Cafés – bringing people across Leeds together to talk about death and loss during lockdown

We have talked about Death Cafés before on this blog, hearing the first-hand experiences of someone who helped out at one of the sessions (and, of course, about the tea and cake on offer). However, with the coronavirus pandemic postponing … Continue reading

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Fragments: helping to bring art to care homes in Leeds

Fragments is a collaboration between three friends who make art for people who find it difficult to go to theatres, art galleries and other cultural spaces. Just before lockdown started, they completed their first project, creating an immersive pop-up park … Continue reading

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How the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks are supporting older people during the COVID-19 crisis

A feature of Leeds since 1985, the Neighbourhood Networks are locally-led groups that do amazing work to support the health and wellbeing of older people across the city. Working within communities to meet local needs, these organisations offer services, activities and sessions that older people want.

While the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has prevented older people from accessing these services in traditional ways, the hard work of the networks has not stopped.

Ali Kaye, Third Sector Development Manager for Leeds Older People’s Forum, tells us more about how the networks have responded and adapted rapidly to supporting older people during the crisis. Continue reading

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Grant launch evidence of Leeds commitment to suicide prevention

On World Suicide Prevention Day, Leeds was home to a range of activity as many in the city played their part raising the profile of suicide prevention, mental health stigma and the range of work delivered by organisations across the … Continue reading

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Money on your mind – the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute visit Leeds

People experiencing mental health problems find it much harder to choose, use and pay for essential services like water, broadband, energy and financial products and as a result  are three times more likely to be in problem debt. Just one … Continue reading

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The Big Seven-O – #NHS70

This year we have seen the huge popularity of the NHS celebrated as we mark its 70th anniversary. On the day we celebrate that birthday, Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council Executive Member for Adults and Health, highlights thoughts about … Continue reading

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Food, glorious food – Leeds lunch clubs save lives

Social isolation is a huge problem in the UK with news reports showing the negative physical and mental effects of being alone. Over 38, 000 people over 65 in Leeds currently live on their own and 11.6% of over 65’s … Continue reading

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Have you got time to talk?

Mental health is beginning to lose the level of stigma it once had. High profile figures – royals, sportsmen and women, celebrities, politicians, business people – are sharing their stories and experiences in a way that would have been unthinkable … Continue reading

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