World Mental Health Day 2019

It’s widely reported that mental ill health will affect one in four people at some point in their working lives.  I am one of those one in four.

People with mental ill health frequently suffer discrimination in the workplace. Unemployment also affects people with long-term mental health disorders more than any other group of disabled people. Talking about mental health can be scary because there’s a stigma around it, but we can get rid of that by having the conversations that matter.

Part of keeping a healthy workforce is being able to have honest and supportive conversations with managers and colleagues around wellbeing.  To help support and care for colleagues with their mental health at South Yorkshire Housing Association we’ve trained 13 Mental Health First Aiders.

We’re continuing to develop our offer on mental health and wellbeing, and last year we committed to the Time to Change pledge with a physical signing by Tony Stacey, our Chief Executive.

We also launched an online Sharepoint Communication Site as a central hub for all Mental Health and Wellbeing resources. It includes a Manager Toolkit, plus lots of support and advice for our people.

It doesn’t stop there as we’ve also improved our workplace Rewards Package to have a Wellness Hub. This has lots of useful information on managing finances, nutrition, different physical exercise videos and exercises to help manage stress and other mental poor health.

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention and my challenge to you all is to start a conversation with a colleague and check how they’re doing.

Let’s work together to feel safe, supported and that it’s okay to talk about our mental health.

Angie Tinker, People Partner



New research reveals nearly 2,000 people living with Dementia in Barnsley

Dementia in Barnsley

A new piece of research published on Tuesday by the Government has revealed that nearly 2,000 people are living with Dementia in Barnsley.

The levels of Dementia in Barnsley © Crown copyright and database rights 2016 Ordnance Survey 100016969

The levels of Dementia in Barnsley © Crown copyright and database rights 2016 Ordnance Survey 100016969

The national Dementia Atlas provides a range of information on the prevalence of Dementia in the area, revealing that 1,880 people in Barnsley aged 65 and above have been diagnosed with Dementia.

This translates into just over 4% of the elderly population in the area, and experts from the Barnsley Dementia Support Service are calling on people to make the most of local support services.

Provided by South Yorkshire Housing Association, the Barnsley Dementia Support Service offers advice and support to anyone living in Barnsley who is affected by Dementia. This includes people living with Dementia, their carers, friends and family.

What we offer

They offer a range of support, including; one-to-one support sessions, groups that are specifically aimed at supporting carers, tour days around local services and their Wish List project, which gives people the chance to experience something they’ve always dreamed of doing.

The team have bases in Royston and Wombwell, and have recently established a new group in Penistone.

Madelene Whyman, Co-Ordinator at the Barnsley Dementia Support Service, said: “Unfortunately the figure given in the research only identifies the people who have been diagnosed as living with Dementia. The actual figure is likely to be much higher, and will grow in the coming years, which is why support services like ours are so important.

“I’d urge anyone who is living with Dementia, or caring for someone to get in touch with us and see what support we offer – we offer all sorts of activities, from animal therapy and day trips, to music and craft sessions – there’s lots to choose from, and it’s completely free. We’re flexible to your needs, so if you want us to come and see you at home, we can do that too.”

Get in touch

To find out more about the help available in Barnsley, get in touch with the Barnsley Dementia Support Service by emailing or by calling 0114 2900 261.