You can now read the new issue of Mindful Memo – Is loneliness the new normal? In this month’s Memo we ask whether the pandemic is contributing to an increased sense of isolation, challenge the negative thoughts that stop us connecting and consider new habits for combatting loneliness.
Read the Memo here.
Our Carers in Mind service is now open to people of all ages. Until now, it has supported adults who support other adults with their mental health. Now the age barrier is removed. This means we can support children, teenagers and adults who are supporting a person of any age with their mental health.
Here are some examples of situations we can help with that we couldn’t before:
- Is your teenage son or daughter self-harming and you don’t know how to help?
- Maybe your child is finding it hard to cope at school and it’s affecting their mental health, and possibly now your own?
- Are you a child or teen at school or college and worried about or affected by the mental health of your mum, dad or friend?
No matter who you are, our Carers in Mind team is here to support you in your role and journey as a person supporting someone with their mental health (otherwise known as a carer).
The expansion of our service is thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery.
You can find more information about our Carers in Mind service here.
You can also find details of all the carers’ support groups and workshops we are currently running online here.
COVID-19 has thrown up changes, challenges and difficulties for all of us and now, more than ever, it’s important that we look after our mental wellbeing. Join us for one of our free two-hour workshops ‘Building resilience in challenging times’ and learn how to build up your emotional resilience to help you manage the challenges at work and in your personal life during these uncertain times.
The training will take place online at the following times:
- Monday, 19 October: 2-4pm
- Thursday, 22 October: 10am-12pm
- Thursday, 29 October: 2-4pm
Developed and delivered by Richmond Borough Mind, the online workshops will be delivered ‘live’ by trained members of the Richmond Borough Mind team to volunteers and workers in Richmond Borough.
To register for the training click here.
On Saturday, 17 October, RB Mind are taking part in a Marathon Walk with Citizen’s Advice Richmond, Richmond AID and Ruils to raise funds to support services for local residents in crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time we have joined forces with these local charities in a fundraising event.
Led by each charity’s CEO, 30 participants – all walking in socially distanced groups no greater than six – will don walking boots and take on the 26.2 mile challenge. Starting at 8.30am in front of the iconic London Eye, the hike will follow the Thames past landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Battersea Power Station and Kew Gardens. The marathon’s final miles will take participants through the Borough of Richmond itself, before finishing early evening at the historic Hampton Court Palace.
If you can, please support RB Mind. It would be really appreciated. Donations for Team RB Mind can be made here.
Funds raised by the marathon challenge will enable us to offer more befriending, counselling, group activities and crisis support to both existing clients, and those reaching out for help for the first time.
World Mental Health Day is on Saturday, 10 October. This year our message is simple: we are asking you to Do One Thing for your mental health and the mental health of those around you. Throughout the week we will be featuring five short films on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts showcasing how we can all Do One Thing for our mental health, based around the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Mindful Memo – The Power of Art, is now ready to download. In this month’s Memo we re-discover the power of art and its contribution to our mental wellbeing. Drawing alone can reduce anxiety but, through art therapy, even doodling gives us a greater understanding of our emotions.
You can read the Memo here. Read more…