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Weʼre raising £5,000 to re-launch a regular community radio show supporting all issues relating to mental health

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Healthy Minds is an organisation led by people who have personal experience of emotional distress. They believe that mental health is one aspect of a person’s life, not what defines them. Phoenix Radio have worked with Healthy Minds to showcase this for the last 4 years. We were asked to develop a training scheme for their staff, volunteers and service users who regularly booked space to pre-record features ready to be mixed down into 3 hours programmes. The show highlighted individual journeys of individuals and promoted new courses or workshops that were available to members of the public. There were also interviews with health professionals who offered support and advice and representatives from groups that offered even more outlets of support. The show proved popular outside of the targeted group with listeners often called in for contact numbers they may have missed because they knew a friend or family member who could benefit from some of the things being broadcast. Others commented on how much more aware they had become about some of the issues faced by people through hearing their stories. One of the station’s Directors was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and agreed to be interviewed for the show to share his feelings prior to having an operation to remove the Cancer. He talked about the emotional pressure on him, his family and friends. Another local project Andy’s Man Club had also been highlighted on the show to talk about suicide in young males. We believe that the more ‘real’ voices and experiences that can be shared, then the more lives can be saved. In February, Phoenix Radio was proud to be given the Disability Confident Committed title. This was a culmination of foundations being laid over the years and recognition of the work we do to support the multiple needs of a single community, an inclusive community. Part of a recovery process can simply be getting accepted into an organisation like Phoenix Radio and be treated as an equal. As individuals we support each other. If someone can’t make a show because of their health, someone else steps in. There have been times when we have taken a presenter to the local hospital and done hospital and home visits to help support them back.

Phoenix Radio isn’t just a Community Radio Station, it is a Community.

In June a decision was made by Healthy Minds to stop the programme. This was due to internal changes which made continued involvement from their staff and volunteers impossible. This was a blow to all concerned, especially at a time when Mental Health was gaining more awareness through national media and supporting organisations. Monitoring visits to the Healthy Minds website, they consistently saw a spike in visits following the show's broadcast - an average 57% increase in traffic compared with the rest of the month, which demonstrated that people engaged with the show's content enough to want to find out more. The show has now stopped so in order for us to be able to re-develop the show we need funding to be able to pay a member of staff to train volunteers who can plan, record interviews, gather local and national information, edit the material and produce a broadcast ready monthly show which will then continue to inform and support the people of Calderdale who may be directly or indirectly affected by Mental Health.

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    • Kim lewins

      Kim lewins

      Sep 9, 2018


    • Belinda lewins

      Belinda lewins

      Sep 9, 2018


    • Jamie J

      Jamie J

      Sep 6, 2018


    • Kathy Lockwood

      Kathy Lockwood

      Sep 6, 2018

      Hi Howard,I am Steve Lockwood's wife, I volunteer with Mencap in Huddersfield, I will pass this on to my colleagues, good luck.Best wishesKathy


    • Steve Lockwood

      Steve Lockwood

      Sep 6, 2018

      Cheers Howard, I've passed your email onto my missus who is a volunteer for MENCAP so I'm sure she'll share it with plenty of other people


    • George Smith

      George Smith

      Sep 6, 2018

      Go Howard!


    • Terry Furness

      Terry Furness

      Sep 6, 2018

      Good luck Howard xx


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