York mental health support shortlisted for national BBC Radio 4 award

The team behind City of York Council’s mental health support line and crisis bed service have been shortlisted for a national award, selected by BBC Radio 4.

The service has been shortlisted in BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind awards which looks to celebrate people’s experiences of exceptional mental health care and will recognise the unsung heroes who helped make the difference. The team is one of three that have been shortlisted in the group category from a total of over 1,000 nominations. The winners will be announced on the All in the Mind show on Tuesday 26 June.
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What’s on in York: Save a Babies Life Workshop

Bookstart Bear Logo June

York Explore Library :

Wed 6 Jun :

10.00am – 12.00pm :

Free

Come and celebrate National Bookstart Week at York Libraries.

Are you a parent or carer of a 0-1 year old child? Come and learn some basic emergency skills at this workshop run by The Royal Life Saving Society UK.

This is a free event but booking is essential.

Book your place at York’s latest Nordic Walking course

There’s still time to book your place at City of York Council’s latest Learn to Nordic Walk course.

Nordic Walking is one of the fastest growing activities in the UK and at the end of the course participants will receive a Nordic Walking UK Freedom Card, which will enable them to attend Nordic Walking groups anywhere in the UK, including several in the York area.

The course starts on Friday 22 June and sessions will take place every Friday for four weeks from 10am until 11am, meeting at the Rowntree Park Reading Café and residents are being urged to book in advance so they don’t miss out

The cost of the course is £25, and booking is essential as places are limited. Nordic Walking poles will be provided to all participants.

Residents can book their place by calling 01904 553377 or emailing yorwellbeing@york.gov.uk.

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What’s on in York, Acomb Fun Run on Sunday

May _27Fun Run

Carr Infant & Junior School :

Sun 27 May :

9.00am – 12.00pm :

Free

Hosted by Carr Infants and Junior School, this is a FREE event for the people of Acomb and the surrounding areas consisting of: 2km Junior Indiviual run around the perimeter of the enclosed school fields for 4-14 year olds – we have a capacity of 100 participants for this event. A ticket will be required for each runner. All finishers of this race will receive a medal.

  • 1km Fun Run for all around the perimeter of the enclosed school fields in which parents, grandparents and any family members of all ages are encouraged to join. Parents and family members wishing to take part in the fun run for all please select a ticket per individual for this event.All finishers will receive a certificate.

The event is FREE to participate, however booking is required.

9:00am : Registration opens – sign in and collect your race day number

9:45am : Group Warm Up

10.00am : 2km Junior Individual run starts

10:30am : 1km FunRun for all starts

12noon  : Activity Village closes

There will be an Activity Village located adjacent to the finish line. This will include; Activities and Information Stalls. Complimentary bottle of water for all participants.

This event is for ages 4-14 years old and family.

For more information or to reserve a place please visit our website.

Mental health awareness week events

City of York Council is showing its support for mental health awareness week by inviting residents to a number of events which hope to provide information on the support that is available in the city.

All are invited to one of three events we are holding where you will be able to speak to staff from 22 The Avenue, who have organised the events, as well as a number of partners across the city and collect information and advice about the services available in York.

  • Monday 14 May,  West Offices (9.30am – 4pm)
  • Wednesday 16 May, Parliament Street (9.30am-4pm)
  • Then on Friday 18 May 30 Clarence St is holding the main event. Activities include a BBQ and cakes, a raffle, a photo booth, mindfulness sessions and crafts and activities. All are welcome and the event runs from 10.30am-4pm.

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week (14 to 20 May 2018) is about stress and how we’re coping with it.

Feeling stressed can be part of everyday life, whether it is work related or about life at home. Being overwhelmed by stress may lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 is a great time to think about how we can all address the causes of work-related stress.
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York turns Blue for ME Awareness

York is supporting ME awareness week with some of York’s most famous monuments turning blue for the week.

Parts of York’s historic city walls and Clifford’s Tower will be lit up every night until 13 May as the council shows its support for The York ME Community, who work to raise awareness of the disease.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is a long-term illness with a wide range of symptoms and affects 250,000 people in the UK. The most common symptom is extreme exhaustion, due to the energy production system of the body being severely affected.  This exhaustion can be caused by the slightest physical or mental exertion.

People with ME can have other symptoms, including; sleep problems, headaches, problems concentrating and fast or irregular heartbeats.  It can affect the cognitive function, mobility, speech, concentration and things such as light and sound can be extremely debilitating

The council’s support comes after the work of The York ME Community to increase awareness was recognised by a full council motion pledging the council’s support.

Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for health and social care said: “The York ME Community do fantastic work across the city, raising awareness and supporting those affected and we are delighted to be supporting this important awareness week.

“ME affects people of all ages, including children. However the illness tends to develop between the mid-20s and mid-40s and is most prevalent in women.  This illness can have a huge impact on their lives and that of their families, which is why we have teamed up with the York ME Community to show our support and hopefully raise awareness.”

Bill Clayton, the York ME Community said: “ME was recognised as a neurological disorder by the World Health Organisation in 1969.  Since that time, little has been done to invest in research to find a cure.  To make this happen, we must raise awareness of an illness affecting millions across the world, and around 800 in the York area alone.  It is the aim of The York ME Community to bring on board businesses, clubs and volunteer group to help spread the word in the hope that one day there will be the research funding needed to find a cure.

“It is a huge step forward to receive such great support from City of York Council in this way.  To have some of York’s prominent buildings lit in blue will help us connect with other great cities across the world who will be doing the same in support of their communities.”

For more information on ME awareness week visit www.meassociation.org.uk. For information on the York ME Community visit www.york-me-community.org

 

Health and Wellbeing Board to discuss a suicide prevention strategy for York

Members of York’s Health and Wellbeing board will discuss a draft suicide prevention strategy for the city when they meet on Wednesday 9 May.

The strategy sets out the work the city will look to do with the ambition of the city getting Suicide Safer Community designation and sets out the aim for York to have a year on year reduction in the number of suicides in the city.

As well as comment on the draft strategy, board members will be asked to agree that the draft strategy go out to a 12 week public consultation.

Key objectives for the strategy include:

  • Reducing the risk of suicides in high risk groups
  • Tailoring approaches to improve mental health in specific groups
  • Providing better information and support for those affected by suicide
  • Reducing rates of self harm
  • Training and awareness raising.

By tackling many of the issues that sometimes lead to suicide the strategy looks at how York as a city can address the risks and triggers that can result in suicide.

The hope is that the plan will help create greater social cohesion, improved community links and availability of support leading to more open caring conversations and a desire for people to look after each other and talk to one another when they are struggling.

The presentation of the strategy comes after an audit of suicides in the city in late 2016 which found the number of suicides in York to be above the national and regional average. The findings from this audit have informed suicide prevention work and activities and have fed into this draft suicide prevention plan. (more…)

What’s on in York: Acomb FunRun 2018

May _27Fun Run

Carr Infant & Junior School :

Sun 27 May :

9.00am – 12.00pm :

Free

Hosted by Carr Infants and Junior School, this is a FREE event for the people of Acomb and the surrounding areas consisting of: 2km Junior Indiviual run around the perimeter of the enclosed school fields for 4-14 year olds – we have a capacity of 100 participants for this event. A ticket will be required for each runner. All finishers of this race will receive a medal.

  • 1km Fun Run for all around the perimeter of the enclosed school fields in which parents, grandparents and any family members of all ages are encouraged to join. Parents and family members wishing to take part in the fun run for all please select a ticket per individual for this event.All finishers will receive a certificate.

The event is FREE to participate, however booking is required.

9:00am : Registration opens – sign in and collect your race day number

9:45am : Group Warm Up

10.00am : 2km Junior Individual run starts

10:30am : 1km FunRun for all starts

12noon  : Activity Village closes

There will be an Activity Village located adjacent to the finish line. This will include; Activities and Information Stalls. Complimentary bottle of water for all participants.

This event is for ages 4-14 years old and family.

For more information or to reserve a place please visit our website.