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Useful resources for Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May)

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (15-21 May) is ‘movement: moving more for our mental health’. Let's move together towards better mental health.

Posted on: 13 May 2024

Movement is important for our mental health, but so many of us struggle to move enough. We know there are many different reasons for this, and it can change throughout the year, so beyond Mental Health Awareness Week we want to help people to find moments for movement in their daily routines. 

Did you know?

  • 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem of some kind each year.
  • 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week.

Get moving with the Care Group
Introducing Gentle Movement for Health Living 
Do you want to live a healthier life and not sure where to start? Learn and practice a variety of gentle exercises to improve flexibility, balance and general health at our Gentle Movement for Healthy Living sessions.

Sessions run virtually are fun and inclusive, regardless of your fitness level and you’ll meet Farrah Idris, our specialist in wellbeing therapies.

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Our friends and family offer: our social value
The ‘friends and family offer’ is a growing list of initiatives that the Care Group supports in our commitment to providing social value in our local communities. 

We actively support the following initiatives that make up the offer and that residents can benefit from such as Parkrun in Mile End Park, Cycle Sisters and Dr B’s Exercise Club. 

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Care Group has compiled a series of resources for residents for further mental health support in Tower Hamlets 

Mind in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Redbridge: offers a range of mental health support, advocacy, employment support, bereavement support and more such as the Sakinah Project.

The Maryam Women’s Services at East London Mosque: provides information, advice and guidance for women including a professional and confidential counselling service for women of all backgrounds provided by female therapists.

Do you use alcohol to cope with low mood, anxiety or depression? 

You’re not alone. Finding healthy ways to cope with mental health issues can help you break the cycle. Take this short quiz from Drink Coach to assess your alcohol dependency and you’ll be directed to where to go for further support in Tower Hamlets. 
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Tower Hamlets Council resources
Tower Hamlets Council is supporting everyone living, working or studying in Tower Hamlets with where to access support when they need it. 

For urgent mental health support, refer to Tower Hamlets Connect’s Urgent Care and Support section. There is information on services such as Tower Hamlets Home Treatment Team and Tower Hamlets Mental Health Crisis Line.

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There are many services available for young people who may need support with their mental wellbeing. This includes Kooth: a free and anonymous online community that supports young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

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What is Good Thinking?
Good Thinking is a free NHS-approved digital service that has helped more than 730,000 Londoners look after their mental health and wellbeing in a way that works for them. Good Thinking is available 24/7 on any device, completely anonymous and provides personalised advice, support and resources to help people struggling with:

  • stress;
  • anxiety;
  • low mood;
  • sleep;
  • other mental health concerns such as trauma, bereavement and eating disorders.

Good Thinking provides a range of resources to help Londoners improve their mental wellbeing, including:

  • free apps (NHS-approved and independently assessed);
  • a clinically validated anxiety self-assessment tool powered by DoctorLink;
  • a quick anxiety quiz which gives tailored support recommendations; 
  • printable workbooks and guides;
  • advice articles with tips to boost mental health; 
  • podcasts, videos and webinars.

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Relaxation techniques for stress relief
Check out this list of relaxation techniques from Help Guide that can support you during times of stress. From deep breathing, visualization, meditation, to yoga and more, there are lots of techniques to try out. 

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Resources from CiC
Care Group Employee Assistance Programmes provider CiC has curated a list of tips and resources for us to share on moving more as a team or workforce.

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Always consult your GP if you’re in any way concerned about your mental health. If you are in crisis, contact emergency care immediately.