Our successes record what and how we are doing against the goals we have set out supporting our drive towards ‘talking’ communities that are suicide safe and enabling young people to choose a different path. Click the items below to read more about our successes – why we undertook each item and what we achieved.
Activity purpose: The WTF website supports our goal to raise awareness of mental health issues and to explain the role our charity seeks to undertake. The website also addresses our goal to improve access to information for young people experiencing mental health issues and those people who care for young people by signposting resources to help those seeking support.
Outcome: Our website is up and running !
We are targeting three audiences with our website.
1. Those wanting to find out about the Will Garvey Trust Foundation (WTF)
2. Those looking for support to help themselves
3. Those looking for support to help someone else
1. Those wanting to find out about WTF : perhaps simply inquisitive about who we are, why we are here and what we do or perhaps people who want to get involved with us in some way – donating, raising funds, using AmazonSmile or Easyfundraising, volunteering or partnering with us in some form.
2. Those looking for support to help themselves : for whom we seek to present useful information about looking after themselves generally, as well as information in various formats – reading, listening, watching, apps, websites – that may help them in their current state and most importantly, contact points to ‘talk’ with others who are well positioned to provide specific help to them.
3. Those looking for support to help someone else : not only information about how to engage with those they are concerned about but also important guidance on looking after themselves too.
Groups 2 and 3 as specified above, are supported in our current phase with general signposting to useful information/resources but we are determined to offer more targeted signposting regarding different ‘feelings’ being experienced, in the next phase of our work on the website.
Activity purpose: The WTF videos are created to provide those going through difficult times with a set of positive messages to help them and inspire them to address the challenges they are facing. These videos support our goals to be a visible, proactive and positive presence in our community and to improve access to information and resources that will engage, inform and encourage those who are looking for support.
Outcome: Three videos have been created are available on Facebook and/or Youtube.
1. Random acts of kindness make a real difference
2. Self care and your well being during difficult times
3. Feeling anxious? Ideas to cope with anxiety
1. Random acts of kindness make a real difference : this video provides a reminder to us all, that one simple way to make ourselves feel better, is by being kind. It’s good for our own mental health as well as those who we’re kind to.
See our blog post here to watch the video.
2. Self care and your well being during difficult times : Looking after ourselves is often the last thing we do. We’re good at advising and supporting everyone else, but rubbish when it comes to us. So this little video is a reminder of some simple things you can do to look after your own well being and mental health.
See our blog post here to watch the video.
3. Feeling anxious? Ideas to cope with anxiety : For some people, anxiety is something they only experience before a game, or going back to school after the holidays, or before a job interview. For others, it is crippling and effects every part of their life. Whatever your relationship with anxiety, this video suggests a few things you can try to help respond to it more positively.
See our blog post here to watch the video.
Activity purpose: The aim of this research is to provide an understanding of the current climate relating to the mental health and wellbeing of young people, under the age of 25. This research provides insight for us to pursue all our goals.
Outcome: The 74 page document provides an executive summary and recommendations which will inform the decisions WTF makes in the future. The research identified three key areas WTF needs to explore:
Leo Gancalves is a Portuguese graduate of Psychology and Criminology from Nottingham Trent University who has a passion for research and mental health. She joined the WTF team in March as part of the Futures You programme. Thankfully, much of the literature review and secondary research was carried out prior to the lockdown, and Leo was able to complete her research from home.
The parameters of the research were limited to three main areas that WTF had identified as key to developing the long term strategy for the projects we are planning to provide in the local area:
Leo will be presenting her findings to the Trustees in June and we are looking forward to this.
If you are interested to see the research please contact us.
Activity purpose: The CWMT training is part of our goal for the WTF team to be equipped with the skills to be able to work with charities, local organisations, schools, youth groups and individuals to improve attitudes to mental health by implementing early intervention programmes.
Outcome: The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust is a charity set up, much like ours was, in the aftermath of the suicide of their son, Charlie, at the age of 28. Their aim, like ours is to “increase awareness of the signs and the dangers of depression amongst young people and to encourage those who may be depressed to seek help. It also encourages those that are well to pick up the symptoms in others and persuade them to get help”.
CWMT was the obvious place for us to go for information and a valuable session was provided by our trainer Lisa.
On Saturday 16th November 2019, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust provided trustees and members of the WTF family with a morning of essential information in understanding mental health and well-being. Our trainer, Lisa, was sensitive to our needs, and provided the information in an engaging and accessible that made each participant feel valued.
Each of us left the session feeling much more confident about our own understanding of mental health but we also felt more able to respond to the needs of others in our lives, though we are not Mental Health First Aiders.
We would highly recommend the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust: fantastic service and brilliant training. Thank you.
Activity purpose: This activity is supporting our goals to work with “groups/clubs” and raise awareness of mental health issues and to signpost young people to information, resources and support
Outcome: The awareness sessions with all the age groups at Ilkeston RUFC have been very successful. Players of all ages have learned about the importance of self care, about the need to think about the language we use that stigmatises mental health, and know what resources, advice and support are available to them, their friends and their family.
This season, 2019-20, we have partnered with Ilkeston Rugby Club to improve awareness of mental health and well-being and to challenge the stigma that prevents people from accessing the timely and appropriate support, advice and guidance they need.
We have worked alongside players and coaches to improve attitudes to mental health and wellbeing and to empower young people in particular to seek the help, support or advice they need in improving their own outcomes and in preventing crisis.
We have been made so welcome at The Stute, home of Ilkeston Rugby Club, it’s fast becoming our home from home. Sessions have been incredibly successful already, (we’ve worked with U15s all the way up to the Seniors so far) with feedback showing 100% satisfaction with the information we are providing, and the way in which we deliver it.
The attitude, involvement and interest shown by the players has certainly re-enforced the value of running these sessions. We are now looking at extending our relationship with the Club into the 2020/21 season to allow us to deliver further workshops on a number of relevant topics and to build on the foundations now established.
Activity purpose: These Awareness sessions have two aims – firstly to enable WTF to grow our network both locally and wider with similar organisations and also with other groups that can help and support us; and secondly, to increase the recognition of WTF and ‘why we are here’ by our community and other organisations and charities . This networking will then support us in pursuit of all our WTF goals .
Outcomes: We have had three sessions that have proven very valuable. We have extended our network, gained new contacts for support and guidance and raised awareness of the mental health issues that challenge us all.
The recent sessions were hosted by:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Derby (October 10th 2019)
The Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham (December 16th 2019)
Gym City Fest (January 29th 2020)
To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10th, Derby CAMHS opened their doors to the public, and invited us to attend alongside many other charities and organisations aimed at preventing suicide and offering young people support and guidance.
The event was officially opened by Derby County legends, Roy Macfarland and Roger Davies and raised a fantastic £255.75.
It was great to be there, and we met a whole range of organisations and charities all working towards the common goal of preventing suicide in young people, in particular. It’s a great encouragement to us to see so much support available for young people and we felt an even greater call to ensure young people know about them: our website will be an invaluable source of this kind of information so we can’t wait until that is ‘live’.
We met some young people too: we listened to their stories; we listened to what they think could be improved in mental health services for young people; and we listened to how they think schools might improve and be better equipped to support students.
We’ve got a lot of work to do but feel ready to respond and to offer our services to help young people lead healthy lives.
Thanks for inviting us Leanne, it was a great event!
WTF has been nominated as one of the Institute of Mental Health’s nominated charities and we were invited to their Christmas Party alongside 200 other partners in the field of mental health and wellbeing.
It was a good opportunity to see what work is being done in, and around, Nottinghamshire and afforded many conversations with colleagues.
Money raised from the event will be shared between WTF and Jonathon’s Voice (a charity set up after the death of another Forest supporter aimed at improving attitudes to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace).
Gym City Fest January 29th 2020
Gym City might have been made for WTF: green and white walls, green desks and white fittings. I felt at home immediately. What I had imagined might be an intimidating environment (I’m a bit of a stranger to the gym) was anything but. The welcome was warm: staff couldn’t do enough to help and they made a cracking cup of tea!
Our prominent position at the heart of the thriving gym ensured that our message couldn’t really be missed and this stimulated many conversations, with all sorts of people. What was particularly pertinent was the number of people who knew someone who was struggling with anxiety and/or depression. The event aimed to raise awareness of men’s mental health and with membership of Gym City being 65% male, it was an ideal venue to do this.
Events were timetabled to showcase sports and activities available at the gym, including kick boxing, Zumba and Bhangra Flex, for men and women, to have a go at, and there were plenty of people to take up the challenge tonight, (I was nearly tempted to kick off my doc martins and join in. Almost. Maybe next time). The live DJ (not a usual feature of Gym City) helped get the party started, and the high octane vibe carried the exercise to another level.
Thanks Gym City for a thrilling, and enjoyable evening that provided WTF with an opportunity to join others in raising awareness of the issues that affect so many of us, and in creating talking communities.
Activity purpose: Training as a Mental Health First Aider is part of one of our goals for all our team to eventually undertake. These skills will be invaluable in their own right as well as enabling us to achieve our other charity goals.
Outcomes: Two of our team have taken the training and are now formally Mental Health First Aiders.
Becky Murdoch is an Adult Mental Health First Aider and Jo Garvey is a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
This two day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, and provides you with:
An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix.
For more information about the course contents, format, structure and takeaways see here.
Before we formally set up our charity we were raising funds and passing those funds on to other charities that had programmes and initiatives that we wanted to support. We wanted to support them because we know their activities are inline with our own purpose and the outcome we seek.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) was a priority for us to support.
CALM are leading a movement against suicide and we felt it as crucial that we support them, in the immediate aftermath of Will’s death. If more people know about CALM, more people can be saved.
CALM run a free, confidential and anonymous ‘helpline’ (as well as a webchat service), offering help, advice and information to anyone who is struggling or in crisis. They run fundraising events across the country, raising the profile of mental health and supporting young men in particular.
The video is the kind message we received back from CALM for our donation of over £20,000 to support their ‘helpline’.
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
We also chose to support Papyrus in the first year or so after Will’s death because we learned they specifically support young people and offer practical training to help prevent suicide. We still feel it is important that we make as many young people as possible aware that Papyrus exist, if not for themselves, but also for their friends; they literally can save young lives.
The card below is the kind message we received back from PAPYRUS for our donation of over £1,493 to support their work in saving young lives.
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