Southend Apple Day a Great Success

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Photos: Supporters enjoying Apple Day and helping to press the apples. Credit: Trust Links Local mental health and wellbeing charity Trust Links held a successful Southend Apple Day event on Saturday at St Laurence Orchard. The community event attracted 300 people and made more than £500 for the charity, to continue its work with some […]

Trust Links: Walking Together for Better Mental Health

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Photo: Walkers at the start of the walk at Growing Together Shoeburyness Walking Together for Better Mental Health More than 40 people joined the Walking Together sponsored walk, in aid of local mental health and wellbeing charity Trust Links. The walk was held on Saturday morning and the route was six miles from the charity’s […]

Trust Links News 18th September 2018

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Photo: Image of walkers enjoying the route in 2017 Walking Together for Better Mental Health Trust Links, the local mental health and wellbeing charity, is making a call out to the community to join them for their annual ‘Walking Together’ fundraising walk. The 6 mile walk will be from Growing Together Shoeburyness, along Southend seafront, […]

Grow It Cook It Eat It

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Local mental health and wellbeing charity Trust Links is launching an exciting new course for people from the Castle Point and Rochford areas to learn gardening skills, cooking skills and to share a meal together. The ‘Grow It, Cook It, Eat It’ course runs for 12 weeks on Tuesdays – in the morning in Thundersley […]

How Music Can Help Those With Mental Health Issues

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Music is an important aspect of many treatments for mental health and this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The effects that a good tune can have on our emotions are endless. Think about the Film and Television industry who use background music to invoke particular emotions within us. With this knowledge and research done […]

What Is Depression and How Can We Help?

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  Some people don’t believe depression is a real medical illness, saying it’s “all in your head.” And in a way, they’re correct. Depression is all in the head because it’s caused by changes in the brain’s chemistry. It’s a serious illness and should be treated with care. To dismiss depression as a fictional illness […]

Autism: the “invisible” disability

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Adeane Tindall’s 13-year-old son, Max, was diagnosed with autism at the age of four, and it has been an uphill struggle. She told The Guardian: “We know that Max’s disability isn’t visible, but that doesn’t make it any less real. In fact, it’s tackling the issue head-on that has enabled him to achieve so much”. […]

Mental Health: No one is immune

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Stephen Fry is a celebrity who has been extremely open about his struggles with mental health. As part of a series created by the Heads Together campaign, he has now appeared in a video speaking to his psychiatrist about his mental health break down. This week has also seen the Princes William and Harry open […]

Carrie Fisher: Mental Health Advocate

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“Because I grew up in a public family, I never really had a private life. And so if those issues are going to be public, I would rather them to be public the way I’ve experienced them rather than someone else assuming things about me. It’s freeing to do it. Shame is not something I […]

Young people speak out about their mental health

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As part of the MQ Speak your Mind series, young people who have experienced mental health problems share their stories in the hope that they will raise awareness and change attitudes. Holly, aged 22, from Sydney Australia says that she has suffered from depression and suicidal ideation since she was about 12 years old. She […]

Anthropology Makes No Apology for Autism

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It has often been said that we are ‘all a bit autistic’. Experts agree that everyone exhibits, to varying degrees, the common traits that are active when making a diagnosis of the troubled and distressing condition. Indeed, we all fit, at varying times and circumstance, along the autism spectrum. Autistic traits have been cited as […]

Disabilities in film? It’s about time

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Film buffs will have noticed that recently there has been a slight influx in films featuring characters with varying disabilities and health problems. Mental health especially has become extremely popular in the film world, most recently with Split starring James McAvoy. This received many mixed reviews and tells the story of a man with 23 […]