Mental Health Awareness Week – 10-16 May

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.

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May Mindful Memo – now available

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.

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Mind in London manifesto – Protecting the mental health of Londoners

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

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New exciting free courses with Turner’s House Trust

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. 

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Mindful Memo – The recipe for resilience

You can now read the new issue of Mindful Memo – The recipe for resilience. In this edition we examine the key ingredients that contribute to resilience. Why positive emotions actively help, and how unhelpful thinking styles can stand in the way of our resilience.

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COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out is now well underway with more than 16 million people in the UK having received at least one dose – part of the biggest inoculation programme the country has ever launched. Many of the staff at RB Mind have had their first jab. More information on the vaccine programme can be found here.

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Reforming the Mental Health Act – have your say!

The government is proposing a wide range of changes to the Mental Health Act 1983 and they would like to hear your views through a new consultation. Their proposals aim to put patients at the centre of decisions about their own care and ensure everyone is treated equally. You can respond to the consultation here. The closing date is 21 April.

Read all about the proposed changes here.

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Mindful Memo – Let’s start talking

You can now read the new issue of Mindful Memo – Let’s start talking. In this edition we look at how, and why, talking therapies can help us and how you can access these services locally.

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Time to Talk Day – Thursday 4 February

Time to Talk Day is taking place on Thursday, 4 February. This is a chance for all of us to talk about our mental wellbeing. Although things are different this year, there are still lots of ways you can get involved. It could be as simple as a quick chat on Zoom; or if you are feeling creative, you could set up a virtual Movie Night with friends and family or an online Quiz with co-workers. Anything which gives you a chance to start a conversation! 

If you would like to get involved, you will find all the details and resources to plan your event here.  

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