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Portsmouth City Council launches mental health campaign

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Portsmouth City Council 2011Portsmouth City Council is launching a campaign to encourage those experiencing mental health difficulties to seek help. The campaign is specifically targeted at men aged 25-49 who have the highest rates of suicide in the city.

The creative was developed following focus groups in the city and is based on the relentless noise and chaos that someone in mental distress can feel is going on in their head and how overwhelming this can be. The campaign aims to reassure that you're not alone in experiencing mental health problems and that it's nothing to feel ashamed about. It directs to a page on the Portsmouth City Council website, which details a wide range of local and national services. This includes online activities and groups that you can use to maintain good mental wellbeing and avoid factors that can lead to mental health problems such as loneliness and social isolation. It also lists all of the support available if you've already reached more of a crisis situation.

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Carly Butler: Portsmouth Food Bank [Interview]

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In November, Stef Nienaltowski met with Carly Butler and the team at the Portsmouth Foodbank, based out of Kings Church in Portsmouth.
They support thousands of families over the year and distribute around 6,000 food parcels to those that need them. But that's not where it stops, they work with most of the city's agencies and refer people on to the relevant place for ongoing help and advice.

Please listen to or read the interview and get in touch with them if you can help.

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Cheryl Harper: Head of Operations at Learning Links [Interview]

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We are delighted to welcome Cheryl Harper-Duffin, Grant Kennedy, and the Learning Links team as a Shaping Portsmouth sponsor. Given our similar roles in the city it was with a great deal of excitement that Stef Nienaltowski went to meet with Cheryl recently.

The organisation do a brilliant amount of support, education and training across the city, and Cheryl and Stef discussed a number of common themes during the interview.

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Darren Bridgman: Operations Director of the Peter Ashley Activity Centres [Interview]

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The Peter Ashley Activity Centres run both Fort Purbrook & Widley and are a valuable service to the city and its community. Stef Nienaltowski met with Darren Bridgman, their Operations Director, to discuss the task of running within such a set of historic buildings and facilities.

Stef was interested to learn what Darren and the team do at the centres and once you've listened to the interview you may be a keen as he was to go and visit them.

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Digital festival to help boost the employment rates of women

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PONToon

A new multi-million euro project to improve the employment rates of women from disadvantaged backgrounds by boosting their digital skills and knowledge is being officially launched at the University of Portsmouth next week.

The project, known as PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies fostering sOcial and ecOnomic inclusioN), will tackle the digital skills shortage that currently exists in the UK and France. It will target socially excluded women who are disadvantaged by their gender and who face challenges such as single parenthood and mental health issues.

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