It feels hardly possible that we’re at the end of 2021! In a group recently we were asked to sum up the past year by completing the sentence "2021: The Great Year of..."; I went for "The Great Year of Endurance".
We've had nearly two years of uncertainty and anxiety, coping with the ongoing challenges of a global pandemic, but we've also seen people find strength and ways to absorb this, to create a new normality, to carry on despite the difficulties and hardships. It is inspiring and a privilege that people allow Healthy Minds into their lives, and I am proud of the hard work and creativity that the team of staff and volunteers put into making sure that support is available to Calderdale's communities in as many ways as possible. My thanks to everyone who has been part of this through the year.
Whilst some services are taking a break over the festive period, the Safespace team are still here every evening except Christmas Day - extra thanks to them. Next year brings some new services to Healthy Minds including piloting Safespace in A&E, and community emotional health & wellbeing teams working throughout Calderdale, in addition to everything we already offer.
If 2022 turns out to ask yet more of all of us, Healthy Minds is in a good place to help you get through it. The full team is back in force from 4th January. Until then, we wish everyone a healthy, Happy Christmas and New Year.
- Jonny Richardson-Glenn, Chief Officer