Guernsey Mind names John Curran, former CICRA Chief Executive, as new chair

June 22nd, 2013 by Guernsey Mind

John Curran (click image to expand)

John Curran has been named as new Chair of Guernsey Mind (click image to expand – image courtesy of Guernsey Mind)

Guernsey Mind, which promotes mental health issues in Guernsey, has appointed John Curran, as their new chair.

The former Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities chief executive, will steer the charity’s work.

Guernsey Mind plays a leading role in promoting positive mental health in Guernsey.

The charity’s work includes campaigning to raise awareness of mental health issues and services, management of the Lion’s Mind Centre, Arsenal Road,  St Peter Port, and running training for employers to help them better support staff with mental health concerns.

Home of Guernsey Mind - The Lions Mind Centre on Arsenal Road, St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Home of Guernsey Mind – The Lions Mind Centre on Arsenal Road, St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Mr Curran said “the charity works extremely hard to raise awareness of mental health issues, and promote the services needed to support those in the community who experience symptoms of mental health.”

“Raising awareness of, and removing some of the stigma attached to, mental health problems is a key focus for us and I look forward to working with the rest of the committee and service users in achieving this,” he said.

One of the major initiatives Guernsey Mind has planned for 2013 is a conference in September for business leaders.

The conference will highlight the importance employers play in promoting mental health and supporting employees with mental health concerns.

Research from the UK shows that mental health problems like anxiety, depression and unmanageable stress affect one in six British workers each year.

This costs the UK economy up to £26 billion every year through lost working days, staff turnover and lower productivity.

“In Guernsey in 2010, 33% of the people receiving Invalidity Benefit were people with mental health issues so this is a big issue for us locally,” Mr Curran said.

The Mind Employment Project aims to help local companies manage this issue more effectively.”

“Our conference in September 2013 will help business leaders better understand the problem and identify solutions to help them manage it.”

“We will be announcing further details on the conference shortly,” Mr Curran said.

In looking for a new chair, Guernsey Mind worked closely with the Guernsey Community Foundation to identify local people with suitable skills to work with the charity.

Dave Chilton, foundation Chief Executive said “as well as working with other community partners to promote volunteering in Guernsey as a whole, the foundation focuses on mobilising volunteers from the business sector who have professional skills that are of use to charities and voluntary organisations.”

“John’s chairmanship with Geurnsey Mind is a perfect example of how our Volunteer Matching Programme is succeeding.”

“High calibre volunteers such as John Curran are invaluable in helping to build capacity in the voluntary sector,” Mr Chilton said.


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