Taking care of your mental health
Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 14-20 May and the theme this year is stress. We all experience stress differently in different situations. Sometimes you might be able to tell right away when you’re feeling under stress, but other times you might keep going without recognising the signs. Stress can affect you emotionally and physically, and it can affect the way you behave.
Being under pressure is a normal part of life. It can help you take action, feel more energised and get results. But if you often become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could start to be a problem for you. If you would like to know more about the signs and causes of stress you can read Mind, the mental health charity’s guide to manage stress here. There are a number of activities and services that take place in Islington that can help you to manage stress and to improve your wellbeing. These activities can help you manage the immediate, sometimes unpleasant, signs of stress.
Get some fresh air
Walking is good for your wellbeing and mental health. Take advantage of the green spaces in the borough. You can find lots of new walks in Islington here.
Green Gyms are also a great way to keep the mind and body healthy. Green Gyms are fun and free outdoor sessions where you will be guided in practical activities such as planting trees, sowing meadows and establishing wildlife ponds.
You can find upcoming activities here.
Take time to relax and take an interest in things going on around you. This can improve the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Being mindful can help boost your mental health. You can do this by using this app.
Why not volunteer and meet new people in Islington? There are lots of volunteering options in Islington that you can access here.
We also have a number of walking groups in the borough where you can also meet new people, visit One You Islington to find out more.
If you are a parent in Islington there are also a number of workshops that you can attend to learn more about wellbeing, and meet new people.
Struggling with stress levels?
Sometimes these ways of boosting your wellbeing are not enough and it can help to talk over your problems with a professional.
Did you know that there is free therapy available in Islington? ICope psychological therapies is a free confidential service that Islington residents can either self-refer to or be referred to by their GP. You can learn ways to help yourself so that you feel more able to cope with your problems.
If you are in work and finding it hard there may be other support options for you. Most organisations have an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which offers free confidential support ranging from counselling or debt advice to wellbeing workshops.
Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week here
If you would like to sign up for FREE Mental Health First Aid or Mental Health Awareness courses for individuals and organisations in Islington or Camden visit www.rethink.org/camdenislingtontraining or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to sign up to be a mental health champion to raise awareness at events and out in the community, spreading positive messages about mental wellbeing in your neighbourhood, contact Manor Gardens at email@example.com