Mindapples wins two Government awards


March has been a very busy month for Mindapples, what with moving into our new offices at Somerset House, getting production underway with our Lambeth GP surgeries project, and engaging in the various discussions in Government around the Public Health White Paper and other key key policy announcements. Those of you who follow us on…
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Mindapples Press: December 2010 Edition

As someone who has taken an interest in the growth and development of Mindapples over 2010, I thought you might appreciate a little update on where we’ve got to and where we’re headed! NHS pilot As I announced earlier this week, we now have a confirmed grant from Guys and St Thomas’s Charity to pilot…
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Mindapples announces GPs pilot study

I am delighted to announce that we now have a confirmed grant from Guys and St Thomas’s Charitable Trust to pilot Mindapples with GP surgeries across Lambeth. Huge thanks to Esther, Tessy and our lovely partners Tony Coggins at SLaM NHS Trust and Lucy Smith at NHS Lambeth for getting this exciting project underway.

In early 2011, we will be installing Mindapples materials in four Lambeth GP practices to begin with, and asking the staff and patients of each practice to share their Mindapples via the installations. Mindapples will then be analysing the responses and helping the practices design simple ways to support the wellbeing of their staff and patients, and we’ll also then do follow-up marketing and digital engagement services. The project will be evaluated by the Institute of Psychiatry and Kings College London to give us a core evidence base to show to other funders and NHS organisations, particularly GPs and hospitals around the country.*

I look forward to keeping you posted about this and other exciting new projects Mindapples will be working on in 2011. We’re looking for volunteers and interns to help out with this study in early 2011, so if you think you have something to bring to the party please e-mail iseehealthypeople@mindapples.org.

Posted by Andy

*Addendum: All our GP surgeries pilot work is subject to approval by research ethics and NHS research governance and will not proceed until all ethical considerations have been satisfied. – Andy Gibson, Oct 2011


Happy World Mental “Health” Day

Hello folks, and a very happy World Mental Health Day to you all! To celebrate, Mindapples have been on tour around London, beginning in Brixton on Thursday and Saturday, and culminating in installing the Mindapples Tree at CityCamp London in the Hub King Cross today. It’s been an amazing few days, stepping far out of…
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Mindapples on the festival circuit

This summer, we’re taking Mindapples to the masses. First, we launched our campaign with our health showcase pop-up health farm, The Big Treat, with Courvoisier, Crussh, SavvyCook and many other great brands. Now, we’re taking the Mindapples Tree on tour to festivals all round Britain, spreading the word about looking after our minds to people…
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Mindapples at the Arcola today

If you’re near the Arcola Theatre in Hackney today, come down and check out their Green Sunday, hosted by Mindapples.

We’ll be there from 3 o’clock, talking about the Mindapples project and also the New Economics Foundation’s Five Ways to Well-Being. There will be workshops in all kinds of activities that might be good for your mind, and then Michael Rutland and Juliet Michaelson from nef will be talking with me about the about the concept of Gross National Happiness and what would happen if we all did our five mindapples every day. And best of all, it’s all free!

Directions here. Come down, say hello, and feed your head.

Pitching Mindapples to the mental health sector

Mindapples has been on its summer holidays for a month, but with World Mental Health Day and New Year’s Resolutions fast approaching, we’re back and kicking up a gear again (in a nice sustainable, healthy sort of way).

So, to kick things off, here’s a video of me pitching Mindapples at the Innovation Exchange Festival of Ideas two weeks ago, in which I invite ideas from organisations about how Mindapples can support their work and partner up to get the word out about everyday mental health. If you’re an organisation looking to fund innovations in stigma reduction and public mental health, or if you’d like to run a Mindapples 5-a-day survey on your website or promote us to your community, e-mail me at andy[at]mindapples.org.

(sorry about the sound quality…)