On Monday 14th May the community in Tower Hamlets came together at the Attlee centre in East London, to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 with Inspire Mental Health Consortium.

A host of community groups and services from across the borough came together to raise awareness of mental health and connect with each other and people using services. nIt was a day packed full of information, fun and taster sessions as well as a tasty complimentary lunch. Participants were encouraged to get involved in different interactive workshops, such as Arabic calligraphy, arts and craft activities and a mindfulness session.

 

 
One of the workshops on the day took participants through a simple and quick Emotional Freedom Technique, that has been used to help war veterans’ process their emotions.

Inspire Consortium partner Beside were in attendance publicising their walking groups, steps group and arts classes hoping to round up some new participants. The Vietnamese Mental Health Service were helping people to get a better understanding of blood pressure and what health implications a high reading could have on people lives.

A live band played adding to the atmosphere on the day, whilst people enjoyed the lunch provided.

Volunteering Matters promoted their Health and Wellbeing themed month and planned workshops to help disabled people within the borough. Providence Row’s Wellbeing coordinator, Alex said:

“These events are so important for reaching out and connecting with people in the local community. I hope to raise awareness today about our, Rise Bakery and Training & Employment programmes.”

At Rethink’s stand, staffs were on hand to talk to those who act as carers in the borough and to offer support and guidance. Also available to talk about the work they do were the Thai Boxing Academy and Urban Ramblers.

Health Watch in Tower Hamlets were surveying people that attended and collecting opinions on their health care experience within the borough. It is hoped that the information collected will be used to improve services in the future across Tower Hamlets.

Core Arts were promoting good mental health and the types of activities that people can participate in to maintain a healthy wellbeing. A regular Core Arts participant talked about a textile course where she has been learning dress making skills.

Keolis Amey a joint initiative with London Transport came along to explain about the work that they do. Particularly focusing on people who are recently discharged from hospital and who might be socially isolated. The team of mentors are available to help people plan journeys and build confidence to use public transport until they are confident doing so themselves.

Overall the event was a huge success. Inspire would like to thank everyone that came to the event; the public, carers, practitioners and of course all the stall holders.