Ripon YMCA Mental Health Awareness Training
Ripon YMCA is passionate about raising awareness and tackling the stigma of Mental Health. We are running a number of Mental Health Awareness sessions available for anyone in our community.
It is widely reported that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. And in young people suicide is the most common cause of death for boys aged 5 to 19 years old.
Our aim is to provide a basic free course that will increase the knowledge and understanding of Mental Health amongst members of our community and will cater for parents, professionals, volunteers and community members. Groups will be limited to 10 people and the training will be informal.
Our course will cover the following areas:
These courses will be held at Ripon YMCA. You will receive further information when you book a place.
This basic awareness course will not provide accreditation or a formal certificate in Mental Health. We can provide information of where to seek professional and accredited qualifications. We will not be discussing individual circumstances or case studies as part of the training and will expect participants to understand the limitations of the course.
On the 7th of September 2019 over 60 people took part in our Zumbathon at Ripon Leisure Centre. Raising over £600 for the YMCA our massive 2 hour Zumba class was enjoyed by Zumba enthusiasts and beginners alike. Our fundraising group organised the event led by Eddie who is a local Zumba teacher and supporter of Ripon YMCA.
Lou who too part in the event and said "not only was it great to see so many people dancing, having fun and generally feeling fantastic.. together we also raised funds for our amazing Ripon YMCA.. we all know the funds raised will be put to great use.
Following a small grant from Ripon Rowels Rotary club we have started a gardening club for our tenants. We have been working hard to rejuvenate our outside space and grow some food to cook and eat at our Cooking Social. Tenants have used pallets on the walls to plant in and we have built some large planters for growing potatoes.
THANK YOU to our fantastic Sleep Easy 2019 participants and support crew.
Total funds raised is £6394.44
These funds will be spent on updating our tenants rooms providing new shelves and table top freezers. It will also be used by our volunteer maintenance team to buy paint and and materials as they refurbish 5 of our rooms this year.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Sleep Easy 2019. We will be back in 2020 so watch this space!
Thank you to all the 2019 Sleep Easy participants. Our initial total is over £5500 raised for Ripon YMCA.
Leanne – 2019 Sleep Easy participant:
"I thought my eyes were open but there's definitely nothing like direct experience of sleeping out for 1 night. I now feel I can legitimately highlight some of the issues homeless people face with others who perhaps see it as a black and white situation. I know I for one wouldn't last a week on the streets and would no doubt turn to whatever I could to numb the bitter cold, isolation, loneliness and fear in whatever form that numbing came in".
Photos of our 2019 Sleep Easy event were all taken by local photographer Paul Oldham.