News Archive February 2019
Relief in Need grant supports Active Minds
We were delighted to hear that Croydon Relief in Need Charity had awarded us a grant of £20,000 a year for three years to support the work of our Active Minds service. Relief in Need have been supporting our work for a number of years and we are delighted that they are able to continue to give financial help. We are most grateful. You can find out more about Active Minds here.
Posted on: 28th February 2019
Unspoken now on YouTube
We have uploaded our film, Unspoken, to YouTube for everyone to view. You can view this at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCct-6vGMx_I6RbYsgOh4rpA
a film about sex, relationships and mental health
The sexuality of people with mental health problems raises important clinical, social and legal concerns. Despite this, there is relatively little written about the subject and staff can feel confused and embarrassed when discussing these issues.
Mental health problems may interfere with peoples’ sexual function. For example, depression is typically associated with decreased sexual interest, libido and sexual performance, whereas mania is associated with disinhibition, sexual inappropriateness and heightened sexuality.
Practitioners are aware that psychiatric medication can interfere with sexual function, yet service users sometimes feel that these matters are ignored or discounted.
Sometimes, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service users feel poorly treated by services.
This is perhaps not surprising, given that for many years psychiatry considered homosexuality to be a mental disorder.
Unspoken explores these issues, with service users explaining their experiences. A range of other experts discuss how professionals might respond differently, and models of good practice are presented.
At a time when there is such an emphasis on promoting equality, working towards recovery and overcoming stigma, the film argues the importance of discussing matters openly, challenging poor practice and recognising and celebrating progress.
The film is also available for purchase on DVD at £5 per DVD.
If you would like to purchase please make a donation through our website – https://www.mindincroydon.org.uk/fundraising/donate/ – and email the receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and address you would like it posted to.
Author: Cat Ayres
Posted on: 8th February 2019
Selsdon Shop Re-Opens After Refurbishment
The Mind shop in Selsdon re-opened today (6th February) after being completely refurbished. Here at Mind in Croydon, we would like to express out thanks to Jason, Andrew and all at Mind Retail and to Vicky and all of her wonderful volunteers who work at the shop. Although the shop is run by Mind Retail, Mind in Croydon gets a share of the profits and this money supports the work that we do here in Croydon. The quality of goods for sale is excellent and the welcome that you’ll get from the volunteers is first rate, so make your way along to 135 Addington Road, Selsdon, Surrey CR2 8LH to bag a bargain and support our work.
Author: Cat Ayres
Posted on: 6th February 2019