Lighten The Load

Andrea McLean and Nadia Sawalha attend the Mind Media Awards and present the Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero Award

OUR VERY OWN ANDREA AND NADIA PRESENTED THE FIRST LOOSE WOMEN LIGHTEN THE LOAD AWARD AT LAST NIGHT’S MIND MEDIA AWARDS TO LEEANNE TOMLINSON

Last night our very own Andrea and Nadia rubbed shoulders with royalty as they attended the Mind Media Awards to present our winner Leeanne Tomlinson with her award. The Lighten the Load Hero award is given to someone who has gone to extraordinary lengths to be there for a loved one, friend or colleague who is living with a mental health problem. Leeanne was nominated by her friend Susan Kirlew as a thank you for Leeanne’s care and compassion through her dark times.

The painful experience of losing a grandchild contributed to a deterioration in Susan’s mental health. It was Leeanne, Susan’s colleague, who was her absolute rock during these incredibly difficult times. Although decades younger than Susan, the two have formed a close friendship and Susan credits Leeane with a wisdom and maturity beyond her years.

Nadia said, ‘to recognise when somebody at work is having mental health issues and those little things had a huge impact on Susan’s life and she said she would have left her job and that really appealed to us’.

If you’re also struggling with your own mental health have a look at our Lighten the Load helplines.

Watch the video to see the highlights from the ceremony - including Prince Harry! - and hear more about our winner.

The Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero Award!

Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero Award

LOOSE WOMEN LIGHTEN THE LOAD HERO AWARD

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS NOMINATED THEIR LIGHTEN THE LOAD HERO!
NOMINATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED. ANY NOMINATIONS MADE AFTER WEDNESDAY 16 AUGUST 2017 WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THE SHORTLIST.

Loose Women and the mental health charity Mind have come together to launch a special award which will recognise the everyday heroes who support those of us living with mental health problems.

The Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero award will honour someone who has gone to extraordinary lengths to be there for a loved one, friend or colleague living a with a mental health problem.

It might be in recognition of a moment of inspirational kindness, starting the conversation which motivated someone to seek professional help or it could reward all the small things that they do to support a Loose Women viewer through their mental health problems.

So if YOU have experienced mental health issues and been helped and supported by someone you'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to this is your chance!

The award was inspired by Loose Women’s Lighten The Load campaign, which encourages viewers to talk and listen when experiencing mental health issues. Talking if you’ve been affected, or being there to listen to someone who is going through a period of stress.

The campaign was launched in 2016 and was instrumental in Loose Women winning a Mind Media Award last year. We now want to shine a spotlight on the people who are putting the principles of Loose Women’s Lighten The Load campaign into action every day.

The Lighten The Load Hero prize will be presented at this year’s Mind Media Awards at the ODEON Leicester Square London on Monday 13 November. The awards celebrate the best reporting and portrayals of mental health in print, broadcast, film and digital media as well as honouring people that are making a difference by speaking out about their mental health experiences.

The winner will also receive £500 and enjoy an overnight stay in London with the person who nominated them - with a guest each - to attend the awards. You MUST be available to attend the Mind Media Awards on 13 November 2017 and Loose Women at ITV on 14 November 2017.

Freddie Flintoff and Gok Wan are joining us as Loose Men to talk about men's mental health issues

Freddie Flintoff and Gok Wan will be joining us as Loose Men soon

GOK WAN AND FREDDIE FLINTOFF TO LIGHTEN THE LOAD ON LOOSE WOMEN

Coming soon... we're recording a very special edition of Loose Women and Men. Fashionista Gok Wan and ex-England cricketer Freddie Flintoff will be sharing their experiences of mental health problems.

We want to hear from male viewers who have experienced mental health issues, whether it be depression, anxiety, eating disorders or any other problems.

We want to highlight men's mental health issues and hear from men who have experienced these problems. When did you seek help and how did you get through your daily struggles.

Or have you supported a partner or loved one who has experienced mental health problems?

Please email them to loose.women@itv.com and we may read them out on the show.

Details of our Lighten The Load campaign are here.

Lighten The Load

One in four of us will suffer from some form of mental health issue in any given year and we at loose Women think that is something we should be talking about. Our Lighten the Load campaign is all about talking and listening. Talking if you’ve been affected, or being there to listen to someone who is going through a period of stress.

Lighten The Load: The Pledge

You can get involved right now by pledging to talk if you’ve been affected, and whilst you’re at it pledge to listen as well. It’s totally anonymous, and the more people that support our campaign the more we can break down the stigma of having a mental health issue. Just click on one of the buttons above to join the campaign.

If your mental health is under pressure there are many ways to ease the stress.
Firstly try to talk with a friend or someone you trust. Often this helps clarify your issues and identify what is causing your stresses.
You may find it useful going online or speaking to one of the many charities that specialise in mental health issues. Some suggestions are below.
You can also speak to your GP or a medical professional to get expert medical advice.

Lighten The Load: Checklists

Most of us are familiar with regularly checking our breasts for lumps, or moles on our skin for signs of change, but when did you last do a mental health check? Probably never! As part of Lighten the Load campaign we have created two free mental health checklists that anyone can download and keep.

Each contains five simple questions and if you answer yes to two or more then it’s time to put your mental health first and look at ways of easing the stresses. You can keep as a screensaver on your laptop, or send the checklist to a friend.

Personal mental health checklist
Loved one's mental health checklist
Personal phone mental health checklist

Loved one's phone mental health checklist

Instructions on how to save the checklist to your phone, and to make it your screensaver, are below.

Saving and making image wallpaper for iPhone

Tap and hold on the image until the pop-up selection menu appears, then tap “Save Image”

Find the saved image within Photos app

Press the icon in the bottom left hand corner of your phone - it’s a box with an arrow pointing up.

Scroll the bottom row to the right, until you see the ‘Use as Wallpaper’ icon.

Move and scale the picture to fit your screen, and press save.

Saving and making an image wallpaper for Android

Press and hold down on the image until you see a menu.

From here, click the “Save image” tab, and it will begin downloading. If you’re downloading a large image, it may take a few more seconds for it to download.

Pull down your notification shade to find the download notification. Either click that notification or head over to your gallery app. If downloaded correctly, the photo has been saved to your device.

Once you have opened the picture, click your drop down menu and choose ‘set image’ and then ‘wallpaper’.

Resize and reposition the picture, and click ‘done’.

Lighten The Load: Helplines