NHS’ ONE-STOP 24/7 MENTAL HEALTH PHONE-LINE DEBUTS

Woman calling the NHS one-stop 24/7 mental health phone-line in Birmingham and Solihull

The NHS has joined forces with Living Well UK and Birmingham Mind, to launch the region’s first one-stop mental health call-line for Birmingham and Solihull. Designed to make accessing mental health support as easily as possible, the 24-hour telephone number will allow callers to get immediate help over the phone from trained staff, as well as bespoke plans for aftercare assistance, all remotely. The one-stop mental health call-line for Birmingham and Solihull is part of a suite of early intervention methods, which also includes a Live Web Chat instant messenger service and an email address operated by trained staff to

Birmingham brands’ new platform sheds light on workplace wellbeing

The Lumien workplace wellbeing platform in action on a smartphone

Leading mental health charity, Living Well UK, has teamed up with fellow Birmingham tech-developers, Lumien, to launch a brand new platform assessing mental health in the workplace. The two Birmingham brands’ new platform sheds light on workplace wellbeing to ensure it remains a priority in lockdown. Accumulating information, analysing the results and advising on steps to help remedy the problems, the Lumien application will be vital in the fight to keep mental health a priority for Birmingham’s employers and employees alike. With the country navigating a second lockdown and remote working looking like the ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable, the

NEW SOCIAL ENTERPRISE JUMPS INTO ACTION TO HELP VULNERABLE WOMEN ACROSS THE CITY

A brand-new social enterprise has launched in Birmingham, bringing women together to empower one another through fitness, wellbeing and group support. SheBeasts Limited sees fee-paying clients sign up for one-to-one personal training sessions, with profits re-invested into funding group activities for women in refuges across the city. Whilst helping women improve their fitness across the board, SheBeasts Ltd will also work with women recovering from trauma, ranging from substance misuse through to domestic abuse. These private sessions will focus on the importance of physical and mental wellbeing, providing advice and support on a range of skills, including nutrition, fitness, health,

VIDERE OFFERS DEEP DIVE INTO THE BENEFITS OF BIOPHILIA FOR MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Aquarium design company, ViDERE, is offering a deep-dive into how positive, flexible workspaces will be key for employee retention in the new normal. As businesses plan ahead for what the future holds for office spaces, the one thing that seems for certain is that building wellbeing solutions into them is crucial. With the office as we once knew it now a thing of the pre-pandemic past, now is the opportunity to reimagine the places that we work in, according to ViDERE’s founder Akil Gordon-Beckford. In order to explore the need for nature in office spaces, Akil’s studies measured its impact on key

THE BEST CHOICE FOR CBD USERS LAUNCHES ONLINE STORE

Harvested from organically grown hemp in the USA, CHOICE is set to take the UK by storm as its online store launches this week. With an increasing number of people turning to CBD oil to help aid various ailments and with reports showing over six million adults have used CBD products, it’s no surprise that more and more people are making the choice to try CBD for themselves. This new high-quality CBD oil contains specialist terpene blends and only the finest ingredients. CHOICE offers customers six different types of oil; Natural, Orange, Mint, Repair, Relax and Energise, all of which

ViDERE DIVES INTO 2020 WITH THE UNVEILING OF ITS SECOND LIFE GALLERY

ViDERE aquariums

ViDERE, the Birmingham-based specialist aquarium design and installation company, is set to make a splash at The Senator Group this month with the launch of its second Life Gallery. The one-week exhibition will take a deep-dive into nature aquariums and natural art at the Jewellery Quarter venue from 9 – 14 March.  Linking nature, interiors and wellbeing, the one-week event has been curated to inspire and showcase how aquariums can incorporate nature into your business and homes. Each piece is entirely unique and brings together aspects of architecture, horticulture and interior design all in the form of an aquarium.  ViDERE will also be hosting a

ACCESS ALL AREAS: INSOMNIA GAMING FESTIVAL LEADS THE WAY FOR ACCESSIBILITY

Insomnia Gaming Festival

Having brought gaming fanatics together in one place since 1999, Insomnia Gaming Festival has levelled up its accessibility policy to ensure that no gamer is left behind. Welcoming over 45,000 players each year, Insomnia has created a hugely diverse community hailing from all walks of life, ages and abilities. Seeing first-hand the haven that online forums can provide those with additional needs, Insomnia’s organisers have created an entirely accessible four-day extravaganza IRL.  Every aspect of accessibility has been taken into account: from removing physical barriers to making mental health provisions. Whether it’s ensuring that there are wheelchair-accessible stages, so stairs

POP-UP FOR POSITIVITY: LIVING WELL UK LAUNCHES FIRST WELLBEING SPACE IN CITY

Living Well UK

From feeling under pressure to careering out of control, studies reveal that we need to get in tune with our mental health. In the latest report from Mind, research shows that poor mental health in the workplace is increasingly costing UK employers, to the tune of more than £43bn in 2018. Eager to address this, the West Midlands’ leading mental health consortium, Living Well UK, is launching the nation’s first ever wellbeing pop-up shop in a bid to give people the help they need. Opening its doors from 6 February to 4 March 2020, the Living Well UK pop-up space

LIVING WELL UK APPOINTS NEW CEO, BEN HOWELLS

Living Well UK, Ben Howells

At such a vital time for mental health services, Living Well UK is continuously expanding as an organisation, and it is taking its reach to new heights, with the appointment of new CEO, Ben Howells. Ben will be joined by two new trustees, Aftab Rahman and Lovemore Masiane, and together the trio hopes to further propel Birmingham’s largest mental health consortium’s objectives in 2020.  Having gained over 10 years’ experience at addiction charity Aquarius as Area Manager, Ben is already a prominent figure in the local mental health and wellbeing sector. He’s worked tirelessly to partner with companies in the

THE COMPANY PROVING THAT PUTTING PURPOSE BEFORE PROFIT PAYS

For purpose to have meaning, businesses need to put it before profit; this is the stance that local start-up PRPSFL is pushing. However, in the hard times we find ourselves in, the list of companies proving unwilling to stick to their purpose statements when it comes to the bottom-line is ever-growing, particularly with the likes of Brexit on the horizon. That’s why PRSPFL is leading the charge across Midlands, advocating that businesses prioritise purpose as part of their overall strategy now, and reap the rewards of it later. The Birmingham enterprise is shaking up the way we do business by