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Your September/October Newsletter from Healthy Minds this World Mental Health Day!

Dear Supporter,

We hope you are staying safe and well as the season changes and we move into Autumn. It can become more difficult to look after our mental wellbeing as we approach winter, so we want to remind everyone that we are here to support you, through all the change.

As we begin October, we leave behind an important service that has been at the heart of Healthy Minds for a long time. We know Recovery & Support has meant a great deal to many of you, and so we want to pay tribute to this amazing service and team.

But although we say goodbye to Recovery & Support, we know there is still so much in our future at Healthy Minds, and we will continue to work towards our mission to improve the wellbeing for everyone in Calderdale.

A tribute to Recovery & Support:
Your contributions needed!

September saw the closure of Recovery & Support: our service that has supported people across Calderdale through peer-support groups, activities, workshops, walks, events and allotments.

We want to recognise the incredible work that has been done over the years by all the members of the R&S teams, staff, volunteers and service users who have co-produced this amazing project.

Staff at Healthy Minds have had to say a difficult goodbye to fellow workers, but they leave R&S with a legacy that forms a pillar of Healthy Minds' history.

Some of the R&S staff will continue to be a part of Healthy Minds through other roles - including our crisis service Safespace. Others are leaving and moving onto other things, and we know that they will bring all their talents, compassion and expertise to their new endeavours.

We want to say thank you to the team - Nicola, Jim, Nic, Christine, Deborah and Sam. Thank you for your commitment to the people and communities you have supported. Thank you for always putting the individual at the centre of everything you do, and creating a service we are so proud of.

We are gathering thoughts, feelings and memories from people who have been involved in the service over the years, to pay tribute to this fantastic project. This will form a public archive of memories as a tribute to the service and a way of celebrating and remembering all the ways that Recovery & Support helped people in Calderdale.

We can include words, photos, videos and audio in the digital archive. We would like to continue adding to the archive and include the voices and memories of people who have been involved with the service over the years.

Got something you would like to add? Contact

Share your memories of R&S
To celebrate Recovery & Support in the Upper Valley, Sam and Deborah organised an open mic event in Todmorden, bringing together the Healthy Minds community in the Upper Valley to laugh, sing and share words.

There was crafted origami hearts, a mini dance fitness workshop, bulbs and pots of compost to plant them in and lots of tea and cakes.

Volunteers received special awards of recognition and everyone got the chance to share their thanks with one another.

See some photos below from this wonderful event...
World Mental Health Day
Today is World Mental Health Day! The theme this year is a call to 'Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority'.
At Healthy Minds we see as 'for all' an important aspect of our approach. Inequality is one of the most important factors for people's mental health.

Today we are sharing thoughts from staff working across our organisation as they reflect on this theme in the context of the work they do at Healthy Minds.

Read their fantastic contributions here!
Read the pieces written by our staff on WMHD
London Marathon Success!
We were lucky to have 12 heroes complete the Virtual London Marathon on Sunday 2 October to raise funds for our charity!

The Marathon was a huge success, with participants together raising an astonishing total of over £7000 when counting all the offline donations! We are just astounded at the effort and generosity shown by both the participants and the lovely people who donated and sponsored. 

Each of our Marathon participants had their own story to tell, and their own path to take as each of them completed the 26.2 miles in their own way. Routes varied from running over the moors to canal stretches all the way to Manchester! 
Jess & Shekina

Jess and Shekina ran from Mytholmroyd to Manchester in an amazing 5 hours 28 minutes.

They ran in memory of their friend Kate who they sadly lost last year.

The total raised by these wonderful human beings so far is £1,191, what an amazing effort!
Charlotte & Kate

Both Charlotte and Kate live in Skipton but work in Mytholmroyd at Thomson Reuters.

For their marathon walk they chose to set off local to their home and walk from Skipton to Leeds.

Just like last year, for their work colleague Louise, Thomson Reuters will kindly match their final total which is currently at £605.

Thank you to Charlotte and Kate and a big thank you to their employer Thomson Reuters also.
Adrian, Stuart and Dan

Three friends looking for a challenge took on the Wadsworth Boundary Walk near Hebden Bridge in aid of Healthy Minds. They braved the chilly London Marathon Sunday morning at 8am and headed off into the hills. Turning up 10 hours later still smiling. How is that even possible?

Together these three jovial friends have raised £1,177 so far. Their target is £1,250 and we know they’ll reach it. Thank you guys!

Our wonderful Dean, involved with Healthy Minds for several years, has first-hand experience of the services we offer and is a much-valued volunteer.

Dean took on the challenge to walk 26.2 miles in aid of Healthy Minds. A brave step as he has never walked such a mammoth distance before.

Dean walked through our finish line at Woolshops after 10 challenging hours. It was a special moment for Dean as he was able to walk through with his adorable grandaughter. A touching moment for all of us.

Dean has raised an amzing £250. Thank you Dean, we so appreciate your constant support!
Iona and Nicola

These two energetic running buddies already meet regularly with St Pol Striders, a Hebden Bridge all-female running group.

Looking for a challenge and after discovering the value of running outdoors and the fresh air that comes with it, these two lovely ladies were keen to push themselves to their limits, all in the name of Healthy Minds!

Their fellow running companion Jilly, Iona's mum, ran with them and kept them going. It was especially touching as Jilly ran the London Marathon for Healthy Minds back in 2019!
All three ran through our finish line just before 3pm on Sunday.. their hugs and obvious elation said it all. What an incredible achievement and to top it all they have raised £540!

Jessica's mum (a volunteer at Healthy Minds) encouraged her to have a go at the marathon this year, so Jessica stepped up to the challenge and smashed it!

With the support of her husband who joined her on her route, Jessica ran the 26.2 miles in 5hr 15min and raised an amazing £835 while doing it!


This is Clare's second London marathon, but this time she took up the opportunity to complete the distance in the place she grew up after moving back to the area recently.

Clare walked the marathon on a challenging route to over local hillsides, walking up Hardcastle Crags, to Widdop reservoir, back to Hebden, up to Stoodly Pike and down Cragg Vale, what a mission!

Clare raised a fantastic £424... Thank you Clare!

Apply to take part in the 2023 Marathon in April
Arts & Crafts Group Creations

The art group has been a friendly and positive space with lots of different activities going on including origami, clay modelling, card making, calligraphy and zentangling.

Volunteers and group members have been talking about how art can improve mental wellbeing and just having a go is the most important thing.

Volunteers have been coming up with new fun ideas and taking suggestions from participants in the group of what they would like to try out next.

We have received some lovely donations of art materials from service users and businesses that have already been used in the groups.
The Arts & Crafts group runs every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 12.30 - 2.30, at our Halifax office.

To register your interest in the group, please email
Register your interest
Drop-in for a cuppa and a chat

Feeling isolated, anxious or overwhelmed? Drop in for a cuppa and a chat.

We are pleased to share that we have been able to continue the Todmorden Drop-in and re-introduce the Halifax social drop-in, thanks to the help of Healthy Minds Volunteers. 

The Drop-ins will be Volunteer-led, and aim to be a social space for people to come as they are, connect to others and have a friendly chat.

The Drop-ins will also be supported by a Safespace worker who will be available for anyone who would like a one-to-one chat.

Halifax Drop-in:

Every Friday, 10am - 12pm (from 14 October).

Healthy Minds Office,1 King Street, HX1 1SR
Todmorden Drop-in:

Every Wednesday, 1 - 3pm (from 19 October)

Roomfield Baptist Church, Todmorden, OL14 5BE
See what's on at Healthy Minds
Walks for Wellbeing
Our Walks for Wellbeing continue! Led by our fabulous team of volunteer walk leaders, our walks are opportunities to get peer-support in the fresh air.

Why not join us on one of our upcoming walks?

Weds 19 Oct: Todmorden, 10.30am
Thurs 20 Oct: Sowerby Bridge, 10.30am
Mon 24 Oct: Hebden Bridge, 10.30am
Wed 7 Nov: Brighouse, 10.30am
Mon 7 Nov: Halifax, 10.30am
Sat 12 Nov: Mytholmroyd, 1 - 4pm - SPECIAL SATURDAY WALK

Book onto a walk by contacting 
Or call us on 01422 345154
Find out more about Walks for Wellbeing
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