World Mental Health Day 10th October: Workplace Wellbeing

10th October 2017 is World Mental Health Day. Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10th October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is workplace wellbeing. Mental health problems…

World Mental Health Day – warning signs of stress and mental illness

On World Mental Health Day, Naseem Tariq from the WY-FI team talks about signs to look out for if we’re concerned about our own or someone else’s mental health. Definitions World Health Organisation defines health as “A state of (complete) physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” Health…

Frank Bruno boxer #BlackHistoryMonth #WorldMentalHealthDay

This letter from Frank Bruno was written for serving prisoners at HMP Leeds. We’re publishing it here to mark both Black History Month and World Mental Health Day. Hello its Frank Bruno here. I have been asked to mention Black History month and talk a bit about the prejudice’s I experienced when I was younger…

Nina Simone singer #BlackHistoryMonth

Born to a Christian family on February 21st, 1933; Nina was the sixth child to a North Carolina preacher, Mary Kate Waymon and Handyman, John Divine Waymon. Her early aspiration was to become a concert pianist, which lead her to audition at Curtis Institiute of Music in Philadelphia. She was rejected; a decision she felt…

Ira Aldridge actor #BlackHistoryMonth

Ira Frederick Aldridge was an American and later British stage actor and playwright who made his career after 1824, largely in London and in Europe and is most famous for his Shakespearean roles. Born in New York City, Aldridge went to the African Free School in New York City at aged 13. The school was established by the New York…

Dosti Diwali Party – 26th October

DOSTI DIWALI PARTY ON THURSDAY 26TH OF OCTOBER 2017 At BAME Health and wellbeing Hub Reginald Terrace LS7 3EZ Time 10.30am Till 2.30pm Come and enjoy the celebrations with us DJ & Dance Hot Food Games and Raffle Prizes Live Singing For more information Contact Pooja on: 0113 2038893 Tuesday/Thursday Email: poojal@touchstonesupport.org.uk

Mental Health Awareness Workshop at Leeds Grand Mosque

Touchstone’s IAPT team are running a Mental Health awareness workshop on Monday 9th October at 12.30pm at Leeds Grand Mosque. It will be for around 2 hours to cover: ​Touchstone IAPT How common mental health concerns are.  To identify how someone can be feeling/behaving but not linking it to low mood or anxiety.  To explain confidentiality, assessment process…

Best Start Peer Support Project – what people thought

The Best Start peer support project offers a six week course to support expectant parents and the parents or carers of children under 2 years. To help us evaluate the course and to keep improving it, we always ask participants for their feedback. Here are some recent comments: What did you think of the course…

50th Anniversary Leeds Carnival Parade

The Leeds carnival is an amazing celebration which incorporates all three essential elements of authentic West Indian carnival: costumes, music and masquerade procession. It is one of the longest running West Indian Carnivals in Europe and began in 1967, therefore, marking the milestone 50th anniversary in 2017. On this special occasion, the carnival exceeded the…

World Mental Health Week events from the Touchstone Community Development team

Next week the Community Development Service and new Migrant Access Project  Plus Teams are going to venues across Leeds to talk to people about workplace mental health. This is to mark World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October and we’ll be doing activities throughout the week. As well as running sessions for staff working…

Black History Month trip to Wilberforce House in Hull

October is Black History Month – Let’s Celebrate! Join us on a coach trip to Wilberforce House in Hull on Wednesday 18th October 2017 Who was William Wilberforce? William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833) was a politician who campaigned to end the slave trade and lived to see the abolition of slavery in 1807 and the freeing of all slaves…

MindWell website user survey

The MindWell team are celebrating their first anniversary with a survey to find out how we are doing. The link below will provide us with vital feedback from users of the site so that we can continually improve the content and how the site works. The survey will take a few minutes to complete and is mostly tick boxes….

Connecting the dots – Community Support Team and CMHT

I commenced my secondment with Touchstone at the beginning of July for a period of three months. It was an opportunity to explore different ways of working and to form better links between Touchstone Community Support Team (CST) and the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). On my first day the Chief Executive, Alison, came and…

Bi-Visibility Day 23rd September

Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, has been marked each year since 1999 to highlight biphobia and to help people find the bisexual community. It happens all over the globe. First observed in 1999, Celebrate Bisexuality Day is the brainchild of three United States bisexual rights activists: Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi…

Bi Visibility Day 2017

Bi Visibility Day started was first marked in 1999 and is now celebrated yearly on 23 September. It is a chance for the bi+ community and allies to come together and celebrate as well as helping to raise awareness and correct misconceptions. Bi+ people are often under-represented in the media and when discussing LGBT+ issues;…

The beautiful game

Barnsley Futures (Holden House)  put a team together to enter a 6 a side football tournament for suicide awareness week.  The tournament was organised through the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness and funds for this serious issue.  It was held on Saturday 9/9/17 at the Barnsley Academy indoor ground (due…

How to be Mindful on World Mindfulness Day!

Would you like to do something to mark World Mindfulness Day or are you are curious what mindfulness is all about? Mindfulness is a fairly simple idea about how we direct our focus of attention, but like many things that may sound simple, it can be a little tricky to actually do! The basic principles…

Take a minute, change a life

World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September 2017  “Take a minute, change a life” Every year, nearly 1 million people die by suicide and up to 20 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own…

World Suicide Prevention Day

10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day.  According to the Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC), suicide is the greatest cause of death amongst young men (15-44) in the UK as well as many young women too. Every four minutes someone in the UK tries to kill themselves and every hour and a half someone…

Latest newsletter from Sikh Elders Service

The latest newsletter from Sikh Elders Service is now out. This issue includes: SES will be holding a consultation for all service users on 6th November There’s a fundraising Dinner and Dance on 13th October As Summer fades, there’s some advice for getting ready for Winter The newsetter also contains information about ongoing projects, including…

Baby Week at Dewsbury Road Community Hub

14TH AND 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017 Free activities/taster sessions and information stalls Celebrating Baby Week Creating Relationships Enjoy the fun and find out more about local services and activities available for babies, children and families. Places are limited for some activities, so please book by visiting: www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents DEWSBURY ROAD COMMUNITY HUB 190, Dewsbury Road, Leeds LS11 6PF Thursday…

Diwali Dinner and Dance Fundraising Event

Bhangra Dancers – Raffle – Auction Money  raised will go to the Sikh Elders Service Friday 13th October 2017 White Rose Banqueting Suite 67 Tong Road, Leeds, LS12 1HQ 6.00pm – 11.00pm DRESS TO IMPRESS To book your ticket call on 0113 216 3143 Charanjit: 07842481270 Chani: 07825438376 Zeba: 07823448429   Ticket prices: Adults £15 Children under 12 £8…

THE WELL-BEAN CRISIS CAFÉ – HOPE IN A CRISIS: BLOG NO.1….

This is our FIRST blog post, WOW! It genuinely feels a pleasure to be able to talk about what we are, what we do and who we are here to help. The Café opened late last year (October 2016) and has slowly built up a head of steam, with the number of visitors we have…

Find out about volunteering at Touchstone

TOUCHSTONE’S VOLUNTEER MARKET PLACE INFORMATION AND RECRUITMENT EVENT LEEDS POLISH CENTRE CHAPELTOWN ROAD LS7 4JE THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 10AM-2PM Are you a passionate and supportive individual? Looking for work experience in the field of mental health and wellbeing? Interested in becoming a Touchstone volunteer? Come along to our volunteer market place! Contact Zeba Khan on…

Touchstone awarded new Peer-Led Brokerage contract in Kirklees

We are delighted to announce that Touchstone has been awarded the new Mental Health Peer Led Brokerage contract by Kirklees Council, to commence on 1 October 2017. Touchstone has been delivering the pilot of this innovative service for the past four years, enabling people living with mental health difficulties to use their Direct Payments to…

“PROUD” – A Story of Touchstone at Leeds Pride 2017

Once again this year Touchstone staff celebrated all that is “Pink” about Leeds during Pride 2017. Not only did staff march tall with our Pink Pals banner in the parade, we also had a stall in partnership with Leeds Mind and Community Links to raise awareness of mental health amongst the LGBT+ and non-LGBT communities…

What “involvement” means at Kirklees Advocacy Service

Advocacy is all about helping people who use services to speak up, to be heard and to have influence – in other words to be involved in their own lives and in anything that impacts on their lives. Touchstone’s Kirklees Advocacy Service was designed from the ground up to achieve that. Here’s some of the…

Staff diversity at Touchstone

Touchstone supports people from a wide range of backgrounds and we aim to reflect the same diversity among our staff. To check how we’re doing, each year we ask staff to complete a brief survey. The results of our 2017 survey are summarised below. 16% of staff have a disability, compared to 14% the previous…

Local Time to Change Champions needed to shape campaign!

Time to Change Leeds is looking for passionate volunteers who have experienced mental health problems. Joining the Champion Campaign Group is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and campaign together to celebrate mental health in the city. You are essential to making a difference.   If you want to find out more, please attend the…

Ambitious Local Community aims to address Leeds Housing need

New Wortley Community Association (NWCA) has been successful in securing a grant to develop an exciting Community Led Housing project in West Leeds. This is a positive boost for the local community and builds upon the success of a number of other initiatives which NWCA already have up and running in the area. This local…