Get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Date: 26 April 2021

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Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time. This is why we are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week which is the UK’s national week to talk about all aspects of mental health, provide help and advice and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. 

The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘connect with nature’. Nature is central to our psychological and emotional health. It’s something a lot of us have turned to during these uncertain times. 

According to the Mental Health Foundation, walks have been one of our top coping strategies during the long months of the pandemic. 45% of people reported that being in green spaces has been vital for their mental health.

To raise awareness of the importance of nature to good mental health, we have worked with local partners, friends and organisations and have brought together a wide range of community events across Haringey. 

Please see the programme below and get involved. Please note that due to the current government guidelines on social distancing, some of the events will take place later on in the month. Places are limited so we hope you understand if you are not successful in securing a place.


Monday 10 May 

Nature walk, 11.30am-1pm

Do you want to meet new people and explore the nature in the neighbourhood? Join Sharon O'Brien from Clarendon Recovery College on a nature walk. The walk will start and finish at the Clarendon Recovery College.

To register, please email enrolcrc@haringey.co.uk

Please note this event is for women only

Walking group, 1.30-2.30pm

Provided by Mind in Haringey. More details to follow. 

Haringey Service User and Carer Forum, 2-3.30pm

The Haringey Service User and Carer Forum aims to provide a place for past and present service users and carers to learn about new developments and provide feedback about services.

The forum will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. We will hear from Andrew Wright, Director of Planning and Partnerships at BEH; St Ann's Green Spaces (StAGS); Friends of Chestnuts Park; and Greener St Ann's. 

Click here to join the meeting

Tree drawing session, 4-6pm

Join Vivian Youell in the Peace Garden at St Ann's Hospital for a tree drawing session. No need to sign up, just come along and bring pen and paper. 


Tuesday 11 May

A volunteering session in Chestnuts Park, 10am-3pm

The Conservation Volunteers (TVC), in partnership with Friends of Chestnuts Park, are running a volunteer work day in Chestnuts Park. We will be wheeling bark chippings to put around the saplings in the hedge which surrounds the park, and making sure that they’re growing well.

If you would like to join, please enter your details here. TCV will contact you to confirm if you have a place. 

Tree drawing session, 4-6pm

Join Vivian Youell in the Peace Garden at St Ann's Hospital for a tree drawing session. No need to sign up, just come along and bring pen and paper. 


Wednesday 12 May

Bicycle repairs and talking, 11am-3pm

Please bring your bike for a repair, have a chat and tea. Please note you will need to pay for any bike parts that need changing.

Location: Seven Sisters Tube Station 

Nature walk, 1-3pm

Do you want to meet new people and explore the nature in the neighbourhood? Join Mark Francis from Clarendon Recovery College on a nature walk. The walk will start and finish at the Clarendon Recovery College. 

To register, please email enrolcrc@haringey.co.uk

Planting and gardening session, Chestnuts Park, 2-3pm

Friends of Chestnuts Park will run a planting and gardening session. We will meet under the willow tree by the tennis courts. There is no need to register, just turn up on the day under the willow tree by the tennis courts. 

Tree drawing session, 4-6pm

Join Vivian Youell in the Peace Garden at St Ann's Hospital for a tree drawing session. No need to sign up, just come along and bring pen and paper. 

Climate Crisis Café, 5.30-7pm

Come along to the Climate Crisis Café at the Halliwick Centre, St Ann's Hospital for a conversation over tea and cake, about feelings associated with the climate crisis. This facilitated space will help our stories to be told and heard in these increasingly difficult times. 

To sign up, please email peterbuckingham2009@gmail.com. Numbers are restricted so please register early.

Please note this event is open to BEH staff only.


Thursday 13 May

Flower arranging session, 10-11am (online, flowers are provided to be collected ahead of the event)

Please join Ursula from the Flower Bank for a virtual flower arranging session via Zoom. Please note you will need to collect your flowers ahead of this session, on Wednesday 12 May, from the Clarendon Recovery College, between 2.30-4pm. 

To register for this session, please email enrolcrc@haringey.co.uk

Zoom link will be sent to you once enrolment is complete. 

Mental Health and Nature Group, 2-3.30pm

Please join the interactive session during which we will talk about our relationship with nature. This session will be held via Zoom. (Meeting ID: 880 3972 8176, Passcode: 847572). This session will be facilitated by Camilla Cox and Suzanne Collins. There is no need to book in advance, you can just join the session on the below link, yet if you need any advice or support, please contact camilla.cox@nhs.net  

Click here to join the meeting 

Art Exhibition and Open Mic, 4-6pm

Please come along to the exhibition and open mic event organised by Tottenham Talking at Chestnuts Park. The theme this year is Nature and the Environment. Any work related to this theme is welcomed to be displayed or performed such as poetry, dancing, singing and artwork.

Tree drawing session, 4-6pm

Join Vivian Youell in the Peace Garden at St Ann's Hospital for a tree drawing session. No need to sign up, just come along and bring pen and paper. 


Friday 14 May

A tranquil walk in nature, 11am-12.30pm

Join us for a tranquil walk in nature around the back paths of Lordship Recreation Ground with Friends of Lordship Rec. The group will meet inside the main entrance off Downhills Park Road. The walk is likely to last between 1-1.5 hours.

Please email joanhcurtis51@gmail.com if you would like to join as numbers will be kept small.

Nature walk to Alexandra Palace, 1-3pm

Do you want to meet new people and explore the nature in the neighbourhood? Join Michael Atkinson from Clarendon Recovery College on a nature walk to Alexandra Palace. The walk will start and finish at the Clarendon Recovery College. 

To register, please email enrolcrc@haringey.co.uk

An online conversation between Paul Wood and Ben Whittaker about connecting with nature, 6.30-8pm

Join Paul Wood, London tree expert and writer, and Ben Whittaker, Senior Occupational Therapy Programme Lead at the Centre of Sustainable Health Care, in conversation with Camilla Cox, Occupational Therapy and Therapies Lead at BEH.

We are excited to bring Paul’s knowledge of trees, ecology and green spaces in our urban environments with Ben’s experience of sustainable health care and its potential benefits for us all. 

What would you like to ask about tress, climate emergency, and the wellbeing of St Ann’s Hospital and the Haringey Community?    

We invite you to bring your curiosity and questions to the virtual table.

Paul Wood is the author of London's Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest (2017) and the website The Street Tree https://thestreettree.com/

Ben Whittaker is a Senior Occupational Therapy Programme Lead at the Centre of Sustainable Health Care

This session is organised by Friends of St Ann’s Green Spaces.

Book your place

Tree drawing session, 4-6pm

Join Vivian Youell in the Peace Garden at St Ann's Hospital for a tree drawing session. No need to sign up, just come along and bring pen and paper. 


Saturday 15 May

Volunteer at St Ann's Hospital SINC (Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation), 10.30am-2pm

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) from Railway Fields are running a COVID-safe on-site SINC volunteer session. We'll be litter picking and clearing brambles to allow wild flowers to thrive. 

If you'd like to join us, please enter your details here. TCV will contact you to confirm if you have a place. Spaces are limited due to current COVID-restrictions but there will be more sessions in the future.

If you have any questions about SINC volunteering, please contact Mat Pendergast m.pendergast@tcv.org.uk

This session is organised by Friends of St Ann’s Green Spaces. 


Sunday 16 May

Walk in nature and around green spaces in N17 and N18, 10-11am

Join a nature themed walk to bring awareness to mental health - an event organised by Weirhall road Community Open Space N17. Find out more on Facebook 

Community Fun and Friendly Gardening Every Sunday Plus a Special Party Gathering, 3-5pm 

Location: Ally Pally - station, main bridge walkway, garden is on Ally Pally side
Time: 3-5pm every Sunday
Contact: friendsofallypallystation@gmail.com or just turn up 
Details: www.friendsofallypallystation.co.uk 


Tuesday 18 May

Art in nature - walking, talking, creating among the trees, 1-3pm

Please join Camilla Cox and Martin Weegman at the Lordship Recreation Ground, Downhills Park Road, N17 6NY.

There is no need to register. If you wish to speak to someone before the event, please contact camilla.cox@nhs.net or call 020 8702 5476. 


Monday 24 May

Walk and education by expert Paul Wood on the unique trees across the St Ann's Hospital site, 2-3.30pm

Join Paul Wood, London tree expert and writer on a walk across St Ann's Hospital site.

Paul says: “The walk will focus on looking closely at the trees, and understanding how rare and special they are, and what a special place it makes St Ann’s. There’s a wonderful mystery here in that they must have been selected by someone who clearly knew about the therapeutic properties of nurturing trees.”

The group will meet at the picnic tables in the Peace Garden, St Ann's Hospital.

Paul Wood is the author of London's Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest (2017) and the website The Street Tree https://thestreettree.com/

This event is organised by Friends of St Ann’s Green Spaces. 

Please register here.


Wednesday 26 May

Community garden lunch, 12-3.30pm

Join us for a community garden lunch at the Commerce Road Community Centre, 52 Commerce Road, London, N22 8EP.

This event is limited to 30 people due to the current restrictions. Please contact David Verschoor via david.verschoor@haringey.gov.uk or call 07811 808504 to book. 


Saturday 29 May

Well Under One Sun, 10am-3pm 

We are bringing community to nature and nature to community with Living Under One Sun in Tottenham. Join us for a day of activities which will include music, theatre, drawing, eating and gardening.

Registration details to follow.


Contact

If you have any questions or queries about any of the above activities; or if you need help or support with anything during the week, please contact Camilla Cox on camilla.cox@nhs.net 


 

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  • Summary:

    Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time. This is why we are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week which is the UK’s national week to talk about all aspects of mental health, provide help and advice and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all.

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