Colin Grainger

New events to support residents affected by mental health illnesses

A new event is being launched by Newham Council and its partners to support residents affected by mental health illnesses.

The Active Minds Café is an informal setting place where residents affected by mental health difficulties, their family and carers can get together and have a tea and chat about their experiences.The Active Minds Café will take place every three months at different venues around the borough.

With one in four people in the UK affected by a mental illness (including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar and dementia) and an estimated 34,000 adults in Newham with a mental health problem, the event will help residents to challenge and break down barriers and stigma associated with mental health.

Those attending the event will have the chance to see aspects from Bobby Baker’s daily drawing art exhibition around mental health, learn how to take control of their mental health by changing what they eat, try free smoothies, keep active with yoga and ping pong, get a hand and head massage and learn more about breaking down the stigma attached to mental health through Talking Therapies and a Pop Up Cinema.

Guests will also be able to:

  • Learn where to access local advice, support, and knowledge about mental recovery and wellness
  • Listen to people affected by mental health difficulties and how they have overcome barriers/testimonials/case studies
  • Find out how healthy eating and keeping active can support health and well being
  • Access volunteer opportunities.

The project brings together partners including Mind, Hibiscus Community Centre, Active Newham, Newham Adult Learning, Holden Point Sheltered Accommodation, ASK Bobby Bakers Arts, Community Mental Health Team and Big White Wall.

The first event takes place on:
Wednesday 11 June
10.30am – 12 midday
Stratford Library
3 The Grove, E15

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This article was written on 22 May 2014, and is filed under community, East London, Newham, Newham Council.

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