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Free yoga for mental health

Dragon Cafe in the City is back this Thursday, 28 June and as ever, there is a fantastic and jam-packed itinerary.

Highlights include yoga for mental health, a calligraphy workshop, guidance on getting back to work following mental health absence and tips on how to empower yourself at work.
A PDF version of the programme is available here, which can be printed and displayed in your workplaces.

Have you ever attended Dragon Cafe in the City? Join us for a short focus group on the evening of Thursday 12 July (5:30 - 6:30pm) at Shoe Lane Library, to share your thoughts. All participants will receive a £5 Amazon voucher for their time, and will be able to sample some "mindful" drinks, too. For more information and to register, please get in touch here.


A few photos from the hula-hooping session, which took place at New Street Square as part of Dragon Cafe in the City's programme on 14 June.
Quote of the week: "Studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities. However, people who partake in gaming should be alert to the amount of time they spend on gaming activities, particularly when it is to the exclusion of other daily activities, as well as to any changes in their physical or psychological health and social functioning that could be attributed to their pattern of gaming behaviour."

- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has included gaming disorder within its 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)

Listening helps



Wednesday 18 July, 8:30 – 10:30am, EBRD - One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN
Business Healthy and the City of London Corporation are hosting another Samaritans-led Suicide Prevention Awareness Training session for those working in HR, health and wellbeing, security, or facilities roles. The training provides an insight on tackling suicide, both within a preventative context and also at a crisis point.
The session offers practical advice on supporting those who are suffering with their mental health and has a City of London-specific agenda. It can be a complementary addition mental health awareness training. The training is hosted in partnership with the City of London Police, East London NHS Foundation Trust and Business Healthy member the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Speakers include:
  • Will Skinner and Martyn Cooper, Samaritans
  • Sgt. Mark Montgomery, City of London Police
...and others, to be confirmed.
Places are limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Networking opportunities will be available and a light breakfast and refreshments will be served.

Here is some feedback received from previous Suicide Prevention Awareness training sessions:
  • "This is a difficult subject that was communicated with compassion and sensitivity to provide a valuable learning experience."
  • "My organisation already delivers 'managing mental health' workshops, and this session was a lovely refresher and CPD."
  • "Even though I have experience in this field, the training has increased and added to my understanding." 
To find out more and to book a place, please visit:
Next week is...
  • Health Information Week (2 - 8 July)

Health Information Week (HIW) is a campaign aimed at improving public access to health information.

This year, a specific theme has been chosen as a focus for each day of the week:
- Monday: Healthy lifestyles
- Tuesday: Mental Health
- Wednesday: Health and digital literacy
- Thursday: Long-term conditions
- Friday: Mindfulness and relaxation

HIW presents a great opportunity to signpost your workforce to the range of free health and wellbeing services available to them within the Square Mile. Click on the links above for more information.

In addition, there are some useful directories and resources listing other health-related services in the Square Mile, including:
- CityHealth and the Family and Young People's Information (FYi) Service - an online directory of health services in the City of London 
- The Providers page of the Business Healthy website
- The "Health" filter on the City of London's interactive map (shows you where a wide range of health services are located, including pharmacies and sexual health clinics).

Influence local health services


Healthwatch City of London is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local health and social care services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in the future.

Healthwatch City of London is looking for volunteers, including City workers and residents, to join its new People's Feedback Panel (PFP). Panel members will regularly review patient and public feedback on mental health services, dentists, pharmacists, hospitals, GPs, care providers and more.

The panel will provide important quality assurance and no special training is required. The first panel meeting will take place on Monday 25 June, 10:30am - 12:30pm, at Hackney CVS (The Adiaha Antigha Centre, 24-30 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ). The panel will meet every second and fourth Monday of the month, with some future panel meetings being held in the City of London.

If you think this is a role for you, contact Healthwatch City of London here, or call 020 7923 8358. A guide for panel volunteers is available here.

The future of the City's streets


Have your say on the draft vision, aims and outcomes for the City of London Transport Strategy.

The City of London Corporation would like to hear your views on the proposed vision, aims and outcomes for the City of London Transport Strategy. These summarise the Corporation's aspirations for transport and streets in the Square Mile over the next 25 years, including how the promotion of health and wellbeing can be incorporated.

Is this the future you would like to see? Please visit the website for more details and to complete the consultation survey.

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