Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the campaign is focusing on stress. This is an ideal opportunity to think about stress in your life, including in your working life, and how to develop useful skills and strategies to manage it.
RB Mind is helping a growing number of organisations in the borough to manage workplace stress through our Mental Health Awareness programme. This month we are delivering training to staff teams in a range of organisations including a hospital trust, a university, voluntary sector organisations, a CCG, and a private technology company.
We offer training on a one-day or half-day basis to suit your individual or organisational requirements. The training is suitable for anyone involved in public facing roles in either a paid or voluntary capacity, and for staff teams or groups wishing to boost levels of mental health awareness in their workplace.
If you are interested in introducing Mental Health Awareness training into your workplace please contact RB Mind’s Mental Health Awareness trainer, Yvonne Lentge, on email@example.com to book a workshop.
Wellbeing Centre launches new gardening project
Our Wellbeing Centre has celebrated the arrival of Spring by launching a new five-week gardening project in partnership with Turner’s House Trust. The project, which runs until June, is an opportunity for our service users to pick up gardening tips from a community volunteer from Turner's House.
One of our service users, Karl, planted the very first plant, a clematis called Little John (above), at the new home of our Wellbeing Centre at 32 Hampton Road, Twickenham.
Our Wellbeing Centre is a referral-only project that offers a creative programme of activities including art, recovery workshops, yoga, creative writing, relaxation/reiki, a walking group and a gym group. You can find out more here.
Chatty Minds - now twice a week
Chatty Minds, our informal discussion group, is now twice a week. In addition to our usual Friday meeting at the ASCA centre (3.30-5pm), there is a weekly session on Tuesday evenings (6.30-7.30pm), at our 32 Hampton Road venue in Twickenham. The group is a chance to share experiences and coping strategies within a friendly, non-judgmental environment.
Chatty Minds is just one of nine groups we are currently running in our Peer Group Network, a network of activity groups run by and for people who experience mental health problems. Other groups include walking, cooking and art and crafts.
There is no formal referral needed to access any of our peer support groups. You can just turn up on the day. The times and venues of all our peer groups can be found here.
Kaleidoscope: 20 years of Art & Soul
RB Mind is currently exhibiting artwork from our Wellbeing Centre and Peer Group Network at the Stables, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham. The exhibition entitled 'Kaleidoscope: 20 years of Art & Soul' is commemorating local charity Art & Soul's 20 years of supporting people with mental health problems. It runs until 1 July.
Art & Soul runs weekly arts and wellbeing workshops for adults and young people with mental health problems, outreach workshops with local NHS mental health centres, hospitals and residences, and pop-up art exhibitions. For more information please click here.
A selection of our service users' artwork which is currently on display at the Stables, Orleans House Gallery (photo copyright: Sisi Burn).
Summer Youth Wellbeing Workshops
RB Mind is currently taking bookings for youth wellbeing workshops in schools, colleges, universities and youth groups within Richmond for children and young people aged 8-25. With the exam period approaching, we are delivering exam stress workshops, and with the high numbers of young people struggling with self-confidence and pressure to look good we are also delivering eating disorder workshops.
Our workshops use evidence-based research to teach young people about wellbeing and resilience. They are delivered by volunteers with lived experience of mental health difficulties who share their personal stories. Our core workshop focuses on mental health awareness and wellbeing, and young people are taught ways to increase their resilience. Tailored sessions focus on handling stress and anxiety including exam stress, depression with a focus on the effects of bullying, and eating disorders.
If you would like to book a workshop please contact Georgie Williams, Youth Project Co-ordinator, on 07827 491 325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We currently run two youth wellbeing projects: Bounce caters for 8-14-year-olds and our Mindkit project caters for 14-25-year-olds.
New volunteering opportunities
RB Mind is always looking for volunteers to help in all areas of our work. From running our peer groups to delivering wellbeing workshops to young people, we greatly value the contribution which our volunteers make.
At the moment we are particularly looking for an Admin Volunteer to help with general office administration. You can find details on how to apply for this role here.
On 8 March our Wellbeing Centre celebrated International Women’s Day. The day was spent reading poems by inspirational women, such as Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman, complemented with delicious healthy food.
Talking about your mental health
For most of us, our local GP practice is the first place we will go when we are feeling unwell. Our GP is there to help us with our mental health as well as our physical health. In fact, around one third of all GP appointments are related to mental health.
However it is not always easy having that first conversation about your deepest feelings with your GP, someone you may hardly know. To help you find the words, Mind have made a short film on how to make the most of the few minutes you have with your GP or practice nurse. Click below to watch the film.
A warm welcome to...
Recently we welcomed Bridie MacDonald as our new Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and Suzanne Lynn as our new Business Development Manager. We wish them every success in their new roles.
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