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An update from our CEO

Your Wellbeing and Coronavirus Message from Kevin Gardner, CEO, Solent Mind You will all be aware of the serious and growing public concerns about the spread of coronavirus. The situation is unprecedented in the modern day and has been declared a global pandemic by...

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Dom’s Story

Today (4th March, 2020) marks one year since well-loved Prodigy front man, Keith Flint passed away. He was only 49 years old. It’s true to say Keith Flint had unique style and flair. From his voice, to his dancing, to his clothes, to his hair, to even his stare,...

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David’s Story

I have been diagnosed and struggled with mental illness from my teens all through my adult life. I have anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dismorphic disorder (BDD). Up until a year ago, I felt ashamed and embarrassed that I suffered...

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Rob’s Story

Over the last eleven years, I have been on a journey through mental health services. I’ve supported my partner on her journey, and I have accessed services after I experienced a major breakdown and suicide attempt. Today, I work in mental health services myself,...

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Graham’s Story

I had been a drinker for many years as it was the culture at the time during my 24 years Army service. After having left the army for about 3 years, my drinking got steadily heavier and my self-esteem and moods got worse.  I was having nightmares and would awake at...

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Barry’s Story

I've heard many say that 'no’ is the most difficult word in the English Language to say to someone else. In my experience, the most difficult word in the English Language, especially for a man, is... 'help'. As in... 'I'm a 60 year old male alcoholic suffering from...

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Advocacy …making a difference

Sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference in a person’s life. An Advocate from our Portsmouth Advocacy Service tells us more. I’d like to share my experience about the difference Solent Mind’s Advocacy Service can make and the excellent support...

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Kevin’s Blog for Red January

A movement of like-minded people Solent Mind’s CEO Kevin Gardner reflects on his RED January experience and his plans for 2019. I had no real hesitation when asked if I was signing up for Red January 2019 – it was an enthusiastic ‘Yes!’ from me. I was part of the...

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Cyber Bullying

Jan Miller has shared a blog she’s written on cyber bullying and the impact on young peoples’ wellbeing, a subject she’s passionate about. She says, “It’s important that we help our children and young people develop the skills they need to withstand bullying and...

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Making Portsmouth Dementia Friendly

It was a real honour for me to be asked to speak on behalf of Solent Mind at the recent launch of the Portsmouth Dementia Action Alliance - a cross community partnership working to make Portsmouth a dementia friendly city. During my first few weeks with Solent Mind I...

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Music, Tours, Wellbeing and Mental Health

On 20th July 2017, Chester Bennington, Frontman of the band, Linkin Park, died after taking his own life. The singer had struggled with substance misuse and poor mental health for years, and had experienced abuse as a child. Despite this, Bennington’s death came as a...

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Kevin Gardner – My First 100 Days

I reached a milestone recently in my role here as Chief Executive of Solent Mind – the completion of my first 100 days. At points like this I think it’s good to take stock, consider what I have learned and what I have achieved. I thought I would share some of my...

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