Every year, mental health support organisations around the world celebrate #WorldMentalHealthDay on 10th October. World Mental Health Day is an important day in our calendar, where we campaign to raise awareness of mental wellbeing in our community, and work to break stigma and empower those experiencing a mental health difficulty. Read more…
On Sunday 22nd, an intrepid group of adventurers from Careys Plc scaled not one, not two but THREE UK mountains to support BWW Mind. The group consisted of Alahna, Paul Moran, Patrick Corcoran, Amy Morgan, Craig K De Sloan, Luke Spencer, Sean Sugrue and Rachel Penfold.
They battled wind, snow, rain and blazing sunshine as they trekked their way up Scafell Pike, Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis in support of BWW Mind as part of the Three Peaks Challenge. Read more…
On Monday 24 September, 30 of our Wandsworth service users met to soak up the sunshine of a crisp autumn morning and to take part in a mindfulness walk in King George’s Park, designed to improve physical and mental wellbeing. The walk was organised in partnership with Enable Sport and Leisure (Wandsworth), as part of the European Week of Sport in partnership with ukactive initiative to get people more active.
At BWW Mind, we are very fortunate to have some absolutely wonderful local businesses as neighbours. In a recent appeal for items for our forthcoming fundraiser, we’ve been very privileged to have received a number of in-kind donations. Read more…
Neeta Oza is a yoga and pilates instructor, qualified personal trainer and health and fitness blogger. In between all that, she’s also found time to author her first book – ‘My Mini-Micro Mindset Manual’. Neeta was also previously a volunteer with us in 2007. In November 2018, Neeta will be premiering her book – and has very kindly offered to donate 50% of her book profits to BWW Mind. Thanks Neeta! We asked Neeta about her motivation for supporting us in this way. Read her story:
10th September marks the international day for suicide prevention. Each year, over 800,000 people take their own lives – representing 1 person every 40 seconds. We hope to change that and to support people who are experiencing mental health difficulties to experience fulfilled and meaningful lives.
How can we help?
If you’re feeling low, help is at hand. You don’t need to go it alone and it’s best to seek support when you realise you’re feeling unhappy. Contact our services in Brent, Wandsworth or Westminster if you think you need support. Our services are designed to boost your mental wellbeing and support you on your journey towards better mental health, and to provide you with a community for recovery. You’ll meet people experiencing similar things to you and gain insight into how you can take practical steps to manage your mood. You can also access our guide on coping with suicidal feelings.
If you are in crisis, please call 999 or go to your nearest A&E. You can also call The Samaritans hotline for free , 24/7.
Lost a loved one?
Life after loss is difficult – it does get better but you shouldn’t shoulder the burden alone. Talk to us and seek mutual support in the people around you – it is estimated for every suicide, six people are significantly affected by grief. You may also realise your own mental health is affected by the effects of bereavement and may want to seek guidance on how to improve your own mental wellbeing.
How Can You Help?
Light a Candle
The International Association for Suicide Prevention is encouraging people to light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show support for suicide prevention, to remember a loved one lost through suicide, for the survivors of suicide, and to show solidarity with those who have lost somebody.
Show Your Support
Saving a life can be as simple as reaching out to somebody who is struggling.
You can also raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention by joining in online using the hashtag #WSPD and share your messages of support.
You can also help us to reach out to people experiencing mental health difficulties by making a donation to support our work.
On 30th July the fabulous Harmonious Choir performed for a very special audience – the staff at 10 Downing Street! As part of a Wellbeing At Work day run by the Cabinet Office, the choir demonstrated the impact of community singing for mental wellbeing on this extremely memorable day. Read more…
Mind in Wandsworth held their bi-monthly Wellbeing day on the 1st August 2018. The theme of the day was “Connectivity”, bringing people together with workshops on art, horticulture, tai chi and eating together with a healthy and nutritious menu to enable and encourage individuals to learn about healthy eating choices.
August has been a truly outstanding month for our creative arts project, Portugal Prints. This month, they’ve been busy working away in the and have been popping up all around London, from the V&A Museum, to the Royal Academy of Arts and even in the Big Issue!
Making sense of universal credit, PIP and more… Know Your Rights at RightsNet.Org
The team behind the rightsnet adviser website have put together a series of useful, free and easy-to-use web tools designed to support people who want to find out more about their benefit rights.