24/07/17

Local mental wellbeing charity Guernsey Mind is asking islanders to participate in a survey which will uncover community attitudes towards mental health.

The information gained from this research will provide a benchmark against which Mind can track the island’s attitude towards mental health and wellbeing. This information will also help to shape the focus of Mind’s future prevention and support programmes, leading to a sustainable plan for the charity’s long-term future.

The research will be conducted over a two-month period and islanders will be asked to complete the survey through face-to-face interviews and an online portal.

The survey will also be distributed to households in Guernsey via a door drop, supported by Guernsey Post, in July, and completed surveys can be returned to special post boxes in Waitrose Admiral Park, Alliance and Forest Stores between 31st July and 31st August.

The initiative is being supported by business services firm Deloitte. The organisation is working with Mind in Guernsey and Jersey to support the charity’s vision of a society that has a positive attitude towards mental wellbeing. The research project is the first stage of a three-year commitment to the mental health charities and is part of Deloitte’s community impact programme, One Million Futures.

Sally Rochester, a Director at Deloitte, explains the firm’s role in the research: ‘Deloitte is providing advisory and strategic support to empower the work of Mind in the Channel Islands. As a firm, we are committed to offering an environment which supports both the mental and physical wellbeing of our people and our support of Mind’s work is a natural progression of our approach. Our staff will be helping with the one-to-one surveys and do urge all islanders to participate in this research.’

 ‘Guernsey is a beautiful and peaceful place to live but, as recent reports have shown, we are increasingly struggling with our mental health,’ says Emily Litten, Executive Director of Guernsey Mind.

 ‘Good mental health starts with a culture and community that supports positive wellbeing, and this survey will help us to find out what people in Guernsey think about mental health and what they want Guernsey Mind to do in the future.

 ‘We are delighted to be working with Deloitte on this survey; their support is vital in helping us to access professional services and resources which would otherwise be out of our reach.’

The survey can be completed online: https://surveyhub.deloitte.co.uk/wix/8/p1858993788.aspx