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Mental Health Foundation Newsletter

Hi Supporter,
The future of mental health services
We’ve launched an inquiry into what mental health services might look like in 20 to 30 years’ time.

We want your input into what you think mental health service provision should consist of in the future.

Our inquiry panel of mental health professionals, service users and carers will work to gather evidence from a range of audiences to help shape the mental health services of tomorrow, and we need your help.

We really value your opinions. If you would like to help, please take part in our survey.

Best wishes,
Simon Lawton-Smith
Head of Policy

Our new Stress booklet has now launched
Back in November we asked you to help create a new stress booklet. We had a fantastic response, with many people sharing stories and tips about how they deal with stress.

The new booklet, ‘How to manage and reduce stress’, is now available to download for free. It covers what stress is and how it is caused, how to manage and reduce it, as well as tips and suggestions on where to get further help and information.

Download the booklet for free now.

Friends for Life
Friends for Life’ is an internationally recognised programme that aims to teach children and young people how to cope with stress and anxieties. It helps children to identify ‘anxiety-increasing’ thoughts and anxious feelings and learn ways to overcome problems rather than avoid them.

We now want to make this programme accessible for children with learning disabilities.

Find out more about the ‘Friends for Life’ project.

Fancy a Challenge?
Boost your mental health with regular exercise this year – and support our work!

Join our Bupa London 10k team and run a stunning course around London’s most famous landmarks this May.

It’s a perfect race for first-time runners, and we’ll support you every step of the way with training plans, sponsorship advice and a picnic after the finish line.

Find out more about the race, and register to take part.

Two of our runners at the Bupa London 10k in 2012
Blue Monday
Last Monday was ‘Blue Monday’, supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

Research shows that it’s not the actual day that gets people down, but shorter days and less sunlight throughout the winter months can make us feel gloomy.

Find out how to beat the January blues
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A depressed woman with her head in her hands
Do you have a story to share?
Real-life stories are vital to inspire others, tackle discrimination and encourage more people to support our groundbreaking work. We want to talk to people who would be happy to share their experiences on our website and Facebook pageand in the media. 

Stories from people like Cat, who suffers from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, and Matthew, who lives with depression and anxiety disorder, are vital to helping break down the stigma around mental health.

To share your story, please contact our press team.  We always give full details about what the opportunity entails and will never pass on details without your consent. Names can be changed for anonymity if required.

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TalkBack – now available to download
Our newsletter for supporters, TalkBack, is published three times a year. It’s a way to keep you in the loop about our projects, research and fundraising activities.

We’re really excited to share the new online version of TalkBack with you.

It includes an article on the success of our self-harm publication and an update on our ‘An Ordinary Life’ project from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.

Download our latest TalkBack now and let us know what you think about what we’re up to. We hope you enjoy hearing all about our latest work.

Download Talkback from our website
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