Our Peer Group Network Wellbeing Walks have now started back again. The next walk is Richmond Green to Kew Green on Thursday, 15 July, 10.30am-12.30pm. This is a linear walk along the Thames Tow Path. You can find details of all our upcoming walks here.
You can now read the new issue of Mindful Memo – Coping with Uncertainty. In this edition we look at ways we can challenge our intolerance of the unpredictability pervading our lives at present and instead enlarge the scope of our world.
Read the Memo here
This week is Volunteers Week and RB Mind is celebrating this with a series of special films throughout the week on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. This is the perfect chance for us to say a big thank you to all our fantastic volunteers and to pay tribute to the incredible support they provide our charity throughout the year. We are kicking off today with a short film from our Chief Executive, Val Farmer.
You can now read the new issue of Mindful Memo – Planning our own course. In this edition we examine the many mixed emotions we may currently be feeling as lockdown continues to ease and look at ways we can manage them. We also report on the recommendations coming out of the recent Mental Health Act Review.
Read the Memo here
You can also subscribe to receive a regular copy of our monthly Mindful Memo into your inbox here.
Our #CarryTheBurden campaign is now up and running. You can check out what our Chief Executive, Val Farmer, is carrying as her burden and why on our Facebook page.
But we need more participants to carry an item of their choosing for 24 hours! Mental health is invisible and intangible which can lead to people with mental health problems encountering stigma; by making this invisible burden tangible, we can help to reduce this stigma.
- You can be as creative as you like: our supporter Roz (also on our Facebook page) is carrying an inflatable parrot representing negative thoughts, a mug – talking things through with friends, and a Yes sign – the pressure to say yes.
- Once you’ve chosen your item, add photos of yourself carrying the item to your social media with these words: ‘I’m helping @Richmondboroughmind to #CarryTheBurden. I’m carrying [insert item name] because [outline what the item represents].’
- Nominate 3 friends on social media to keep the challenge going and if you would like to donate please visit our JustGiving page.
You can find more information about the campaign here.
Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme is nature so throughout the week we’ll be posting tips across our social media accounts on connecting with the natural world to help manage your mental wellbeing. Our new campaign #CarryTheBurden invites people to carry an item that represents the invisible burden that a mental health difficulty can represent – why not combine the two, and carry a plant or a flower of your choice for 24 hours? We hope to see lots of photos posted during the week.
You can now read the May issue of Mindful Memo. In this edition we launch our new campaign – #CarryTheBurden – in which we invite participants to carry an item of their choosing for 24 hours in recognition of the invisible burden a mental health difficulty can represent. And, as we all go to the polls next week for the London Mayoral election, we take a look at the candidates’ manifestos.
Read the Memo here
Mind in London, a partnership of 18 local Minds in London including RB Mind, are campaigning for mental health to be high on the agenda for the newly elected London Mayor. In our new manifesto, Protecting the mental health of Londoners, we outline five priorities for the newly elected Mayor of London.
Read it here.
Has Covid affected your finances? The Money Charity is the UK’s financial wellbeing charity. They will be running a series of virtual financial workshops for RB Mind focused on the following topics
Our Wellbeing Centre is running two new exciting free courses, in partnership with Turner’s House Trust. First up: a six-week ‘Gardening and Heritage’ course, starting on 25 March, and then fortnightly on Thursdays, 1.30-2.30pm. Learn how to grow a range of plants and how this can have a positive impact on our wellbeing. To book onto this course please email [email protected]
Then, on Monday afternoons, 1.30-2.30pm, starting 19 April, a 12-week ‘Art and Heritage’ course in which you can explore new art techniques and learn all about JMW Turner and his house in Twickenham. To book onto this course please email [email protected]
Sessions are delivered online, with the possibility of the last two sessions outdoors with all safety rules in place. All materials will be posted to you to enable you to join online. No previous gardening or art experience is necessary.