On World Mental Health Day, do one thing to protect your mental health

Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest bring their Problem-Solving Booths to Hackney on World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day 2020, Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest, with partners SWIM Enterprises and Find a Balance, will be showing that a problem shared is a problem halved by inviting people to visit their Problem-Solving Booths. The booths will be at Narrow Way, Hackney, on Saturday 10 October, between 11am and 1pm.  

Said Vanessa Morris, Chief Executive of Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest: “Now is a good time to focus on your mental health. You might have just been holding on to get through lockdown, but now is time to get an MoT for your mind. We can all do one thing to boost each other’s mental health, and Problem-Solving Booths are a great way to get socially connected - whilst physically distancing.”

City and Hackney CCG, along with local healthcare providers, are also launching their new “Do one thing to protect your mental health” campaign on World Mental Health Day to encourage Hackney citizens to take positive steps to look after their mental health, with the help of a number of organisations in the City and Hackney.

Said Dr Rhiannon England, Lead GP for Mental Health at City and Hackney CCG: “We know that 33,000 people in Hackney suffer from depression or anxiety at any one time. So many people have found it tough during the pandemic, but you’re not alone.  There are lots of things you can do to look after yourself if you’re anxious or need some support. Have a look at the 5ToThrive website for some simple steps that can have a huge impact on your mental health and wellbeing.

And if you’re really stressed or struggling to cope, we can help. Just speak to your GP or refer yourself to Talk Changes who can give you help online or on the phone.”

People can also find out about organisations near them in the City and Hackney that are offering over the phone or online support. This includes how to keep fit; gardening, music and other classes; food and shopping; stopping smoking; anxiety and loneliness; as well as advice about employment, benefits, money, addiction and domestic abuse. Go to hackney.gov.uk/find-support-services.