Mental Health Awareness Week: To really connect with nature you need to look for changes in the seasons, such as temperature drops, amount of hours of light and the colour of the leaves on the trees. These felt like big changes to our ancestors and this can be the first step toward really feeling at one with it all.
Join us on Monday, 10am for a special ‘Connecting with Nature’ Mindfulness workshop, to celebrate the start of Mental Health Awareness Week (10 - 16 May). Sign up below. Throughout the week we will be posting tips on the theme of connecting with nature. tinyurl.com/5zvnd6fk
Maternal Mental Health services are improving. If you live in Sutton, Kingston, Merton, Croydon, Richmond or Wandsworth and have experienced a traumatic birth or pregnancy, @mindbww would really value your input. If you are currently pregnant, have given birth or have miscarried and are experiencing poor mental health as a result, please know that you’re not alone and support is available. Follow the hashtags below to find specialist help and be sure to let your GP know. If you are currently in crisis please call 999. If you don’t feel like you are being heard, ask someone to help you advocate. You are important!
Here's some great ideas for #CarryTheBurden, our new campaign asking you to carry an item of your choice for 24 hours in recognition of the invisible burden that a mental health difficulty can represent.
Our supporter Roz is carrying a parrot representing negative thoughts, a mug – talking things through with friends, and a Yes sign – the pressure to say yes. Thanks for the inspiration Roz!
Have you chosen your item yet? Remember you can be as creative as you like. Let us know by visiting: tinyurl.com/nzdw59fn
How has COVID affected you? Mind has launched a new survey to find out how people who struggle with their mental health have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The survey is for anyone aged 13 or above who was struggling with a mental health problem before the pandemic, or those that have experienced a mental health problem as a result of the pandemic and asks about:
- how you’ve been coping since the first national lockdown - what things have affected your mental health - how you are feeling about the future
The results will help us to understand how we can provide the right support going forward for those that need it most. You can take the survey here: bit.ly/31aHcUA There is also a prize draw as part of the survey to win £200 in high street shopping vouchers, or donate £200 to Mind.
Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme is nature so throughout the week we’ll be posting tips on connecting with the natural world to help 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 - we hope to see lots of photos posted during the week. Why not combine the two, and carry a plant or a flower of your choice for 24 hours?
We are very sad to share that PJ Greeves, a much admired and respected ex-Chair and Trustee of RB Mind died suddenly in recent weeks. PJ connected with our Service Users and Carers through a real understanding from his own lived experience of mental health. He was a passionate advocate for people being able to access the right services at the right time and being able to lead a normal life. PJ always said family comes first, and we send our sincere condolences to his wife Molly and their extended family at this very sad time. We have set up a memorial page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/val-farmer3