Our Time to Talk Champions Discuss Their Experiences of Mental Health (Part 2)

This week, some of our Time to Talk Champions are discussing their experiences of mental health and why they wanted to get involved in the project to help to tackle stigma and discrimination. Here is the second blog post in our series! “What Experiences of Mental Health Problems Have You Had in the Past?”  I had my first experience of depression when I was 13 years old. Having had practically no education based around mental health, my initial experiences were scary and confusing. It lasted for maybe 3 solid months. I’d find it hard to get up in the morning. I’d
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Our Time to Talk Champions Discuss Their Experiences of Mental Health (Part 1)

This week, some of our Time to Talk Champions are discussing their experiences of mental health and why they wanted to get involved in the project to help to tackle stigma and discrimination. Here is the first blog post in our series! “What Experiences of Mental Health Problems Have You Had in the Past?”  My Grandmother passed away in the second week of my second year of university. I found it very difficult to deal with and couldn’t bring myself to be honest about how I felt and ask for help. This resulted in me becoming depressed and not being able
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Depression Is a Liar: A Service User Poem

This fantastic poem was written by one of our Time to Talk Champions! Depression is a Liar   Depression I need to tell you, that you are a cowardly liar You smother life, stealing oxygen, like a consuming fire You cause untold misery, and for that I’m sure you must be glad When you see how people are suffering and how many you make sad   You think you are clever and funny and that it’s all just a very big joke To strip away a person’s very being, until they feel there is no hope Why are you so
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Coping With Stress and Anxiety

Stress can be good for us in small doses but long-term stress can have a big impact on wellbeing and physical health. If you’re currently struggling with this, you may find the following advice useful. Tips for Coping with Stress and Anxiety Avoid triggers. If you’re aware of things that definitely trigger stress and anxiety, you can do your best to avoid it. It won’t always be obvious what’s behind it though. Change your thinking. It’s common for people with anxiety to always see the worst in a situation. These negative thoughts can inadvertently trigger anxiety symptoms. Changing your thought patterns to
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Sorry to see you go!

It’s a sad day for us all here at Derby Women’s Centre, as our communications officer, Rose, is leaving us for a new job in Nottingham. Rose has been at the centre for just over nine months. She started as a volunteer, and has worked on marketing, fundraising and everything in between! However, all is not lost as she has promised to continue to be involved with the centre and help us out every now and again. We’d all like to say a big thank you to Rose for all her hard work. We’re all really sorry to see her
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Appeal for past and present service users to share their story

Derby Women’s Centre is seeking to raise its profile and attract more funding and we are calling on the help of the women who use our services. When we approach funders and appeal to the public for donations, people always ask: what difference do you make to people’s lives? To help answer this we need past and present service users to tell us how the Women’s Centre has helped them. These stories will be used as case studies that can be published in our marketing, publicity and funding material – for example on our website, leaflets, funding bids and annual
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Wayne Rooney scores 60 pounds for DWC

Enjoy Wayne Rooney’s goal for England on Tuesday night? So did we! Derby Women’s Centre kicked up a fundraisng storm last night during the England match as some of our kind and generous followers pledged to donate 5 pounds for every England goal scored to the Women’s Centre. We raised a total of 60 pounds from Wayne Rooney’s spectacular tap-in at the beginning of the second half of England’s tense game against Ukraine last night. We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who donated, particularly to our patrons Kavita Oberoi and Parween Warsi, who donated 20
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Week at Derby Women’s Centre “a valuable experience”

Liz, a student health visitor and midwife, has spent the last week at Derby Women’s Centre to learn more about what services are available for women in and around Derby. We’ve really enjoyed having Liz here this week. Here’s what she has to say about her week here. Liz in the Derby Wome’s Centre office “Working briefly at Derby Women’s Centre has been a truly valuable experience and has felt like being part of a family. From speaking to the women who come here it is evident that they feel the same and find it comfortable to talk to staff,
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Why women only?

A question Derby Women’s Centre staff and volunteers often get asked is: why is the centre just for women? The centre was founded in 1978 to address inequalities faced by women and empower them to lead independent lives. A lot has changed since the 70s, but unfortunately gender inequality persists. Women are at a greater risk of poverty than men, make up the vast majority of domestic violence victims (at least 1 in 4 women will experience some form of domestic violence in their lives) and are more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. To
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DWC proud owners of 4 Leopold Street

Derby Women’s Centre is pleased to announce that it is now the proud owner of 4 Leopold Street, Derby. Derbyshire County Council recently transferred the property into our ownership through the community asset transfer initiative, which allows local councils to help local community groups and voluntary sector organisations take on responsibility for buildings or land in their area.  The deal will save the centre money and give us much more flexibility with cash flow. It will also allow us to rent out extra space in the centre to create income. Yasmin Nazir, our chief executive, said: “We are thrilled. Owning the building has really
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