Richard Frost awarded MBE for services to mental health

We are delighted to hear the news that Richard Frost has been appointed an MBE – see details below. Richard has been a key supporter of Triangulate over many years, taking part in many of our events, visiting us in Romsey several times and always available for guidance and support. Triangulate continues to work in partnership with Mindful Employer.

Richard Frost, an Employment Specialist with the Trust’s Workways service, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to mental health in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018.

Richard leads a team that provides support for people whose mental health affects their ability to stay in work. He also leads the UK-wide MINDFUL EMPLOYER scheme, which provides information and support for employers in recruiting and retaining staff who experience mental ill health. Since it began in 2004, MINDFUL EMPLOYER has spread throughout the UK and is also operating in Australia, Canada, Greece and New Zealand.

Commenting, Richard said:  “I feel deeply honoured and humbled to have been appointed as an MBE.  It is also a real tribute to the many people I have endeavoured to support over the years, my colleagues at Workways and the hundreds of employers who have committed themselves to supporting what we do.”

Melanie Walker, Chief Executive of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, said:  “Richard personifies everything that is good about the NHS.  Over a long career he has displayed unerring dedication to supporting and enabling people with a wide range of needs – and his work has had a profound and positive impact on the lives of many people and their families. He was instrumental in creating and launching MINDFUL EMPLOYER – which is now a global scheme.  His MBE is thoroughly deserved and, on behalf of our Board and all of our staff, I offer him our heartfelt congratulations.”

Devon-born and currently living in Dartington, Richard has worked in the field of employment since 1979, specialising in helping people with disabilities. He has worked in mental health since joining Devon Partnership NHS Trust in 2002, although his interest in this area dates back many years – due in part to his own personal experience of depression.

Richard is a lay minister in the Church of England where he serves with his wife, Jane, a Curate on the Totnes Team. He graduated with an MSc Vocational Rehabilitation through Sheffield Hallam University in 2012.

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust 09.06.18


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Students raising funds and awareness

Jonathan Glen and Alan Walker, students Harper Adams University are raising awareness of the impact of mental health issues in the agricultural community. Read their story here:

The suicide rate in agriculture is nearly three times that of the accidental death rate. On average 84 people take their lives in the British agricultural community. It comes down to charities like the Farming Community Network (see below for details) to be there for farmers who are struggling with mental health. Having had my own battle with mental health, I appreciate the seriousness of their cause. Hence, to raise £5,000 and increase the awareness of mental health in agriculture, this summer my travel companion Alan Walker and I are going to drive a highly inappropriate Mazda MX-5 from London to Mongolia. We will be tackling some of the most challenging roads in the world including the famed Pamir Highway on a 10,000 mile route to Mongolia. If that wasn’t hard enough. I will be driving back again….

As well as fundraising, I will be documenting my emotional and mental journey through a video diary called MyMentalJourney to show how anyone could battle with mental health and how important it is to talk about it. You can see the first instalment by following this link:

Support their adventure by donating online:


The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a charity and voluntary organisation that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times, whether the issue is personal or business related. Our confidential natioanl helpline is open every day of the year from 7am-11pm.


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Another Relay Marathon – 13.05.18

Each year we enter a joint Triangulate and Romsey Abbey team in the Rotary Relay Marathon – running as Exercising Spirit and Mind. This year there were over 130 teams taking part, all of which helped to make the made the day a true community event. Grateful thanks to all our runners and thanks to all those who sponsored the team. The donations will be put to very good use.

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10th Mental Health Sunday – 04.02.18

Romsey Abbey held its 10th Mental Health Awareness service, this year focusing on young people and the pressures they face.

Led by members of the youth group the sermon was replaced by a series of scenarios written by the young people themselves. Each scenario concentrated on a specific issue commonly faced by young people – the issues of confidence, bullying, family relationships and moving into the world of work, and summarised by Heidi Gower.

Rev David Potterton and Rev Nik Gower had prepared a service which enabled the congregation to consider the wider issues of mental ill health faced by so many. Bridget Brook, founding Trustee of Triangulate, spoke about how the Abbey had supported the work of Triangulate over the last ten years and reminded everyone that the need to speak out was as strong now and into the future as it had been when the charity was formed.

After the service there was the opportunity to sponsor the Youth Group Sleep Out (scheduled for Friday 6th April in the South Garth. The funds will come to Triangulate and then be disbursed to charities working with young people.

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Triangulate on BBC South 07.09.17

The ‘Faces of You’ photographic exhibition which is raising awareness of suicide, currently on display in the Abbey, was featured on BBC South Today on 7th September 2017. The report included interviews with those impacted by suicide including Bridget Brook from ‘Triangulate’ who talked about the huge pressures facing people today.


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Tim withdraws from Peterborough Cathedral post

On 27th August 2017 the announcement was made that Reverend Canon Tim Sledge had withdrawn from the post of Dean of Peterborough Cathedral on personal health grounds.

We send our very best wishes to Tim and family.


Downing Street announced 18th July 2017 that The Queen has approved the appointment of the Reverend Canon Tim Sledge as Dean of Peterborough. It is expected that Tim will officially be installed as Dean at 3.30pm on Sunday 15th October 2017.

As co-founder and inspirational Trustee of Triangulate Tim’s commitment to raising awareness of positive mental health has had a massive impact on all that we have achieved over the last 9 years. We are delighted for him and know he will carry this vital message with him to Peterborough.

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Yarn bombing – Romsey Festival 2017

As part of the 2017 Romsey Festival, the bollards in Romsey were yarnbombed and one of the many colourful yarn creations was produced to promote Triangulate.

The Triangulate tree design bollard cover has been knitted, crocheted and needle-felted by Rachel Brenton, Diane Kingston and Helen Griffith. The bollard cover, which features an array of colourful flowers and butterflies, and a bird nesting on top, is full of symbolism.

There are triangles on the trunk representing Triangulate, a pair of arms forms a hug around the trunk to highlight the need to look after ourselves and others and the tree itself represents the Tree of Life Café in Romsey (which runs on a Monday afternoon upstairs in Café Nero, from 3-5pm). The bird on her eggs represents the need for us all to care and nurture those around us, flowers symbolise how we can bloom when given the opportunity and butterflies reflect new life growing and blossoming from old.

Huge thanks to Rachel, Diane and Helen – a lovely addition to Romsey Festival 2017 activities.


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Civic Service 11.06.17

We were delighted to be asked to talk about Triangulate at the Mayor of Test Valley’s Civic Service.

Together with representatives from the Andover Parkinson’s Group the Mayor, Cllr Carl Borg-Neal asked two questions: tell us about what you do and what impact does your work have.

Afterwards we were able to chat with guests and to have more detailed conversations.

Trustee Bridget Brook speaking about Triangulate’s work at the Mayor of Test Valley’s Civic Service.
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New booklets – please have a look!

We’ve bought a series of booklets on a range of topics – they are all free and can be picked up from our stand in Romsey Abbey. Please have a look – they’ve got useful, practical tips on how to deal with many aspects of keeping ourselves well.

And whilst there, do take a fun triangle-shaped highlighter – our first ever promotional item – we’d love you to have them to spread the word about our work.

Topics include: Later Life, Overcoming Fear and Anxiety, Sleep, Exercise, Mindfulness, Stress – all published by the Mental Health Foundation

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