Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Date: 03 May 2017

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We have a number of events taking place for Mental Health Awareness Week, do check these out, and if you're doing something let us know!

Since the theme this month is surviving or thriving we have a number of service user stories which show how we are helping them thrive as part of our enablement programme.

And, we want to know how you look after your mental health. We've got some ideas from a few of our staff and we'd love to hear from you too, so get in touch with us and let us know what tricks you have up your sleeve - tweet @behmhtnhs.


IAPT will run table tennis games all week
The team are offering a free game of table tennis at Pine Lodge, St Michael's between 12 - 2pm every day. IAPT staff  are available for any questions or queries related to mental health too. For more information about IAPT Enfield and contact details click here.

BEH join HAIL and HALS at Wood Green Library - 11 May
The team will have a stall providing information about mental health conditions, and signposting. Pop by and have a chat with the team. They are also hoping to run a wellbeing workshop in the afternoon.

CHOICES at Wood Green Library - Friday 12 May
CHOICES, a service which offers support to children and young people in Haringey who are worried about their emotional wellbeing, will also be offering a drop in service on Friday 12th May within the library. They can help people with bullying, family problems, anxiety, self-harm and more. Please find out more about the service here and how you can get in touch with the team if you have any questions.

Service User Stories

Read Greg's story

Before... I had been a recreational drug user for many years and it tipped over from being a weekend thing to being an everyday thing. The business I used to work for restructured itself so my job changed and my best mate was about to get married and move out. I felt lonely, and I used to deal with issues by using a lot of drugs. I ended up in hospital a number of times before I realised I had a problem.

Now ... I've seen relationships improve too. I am much more socially engaged. Before I would always have the shakes and would hardly ever sleep, and be confused and not particularly eloquent. As a consequence nobody would want to see me and I wouldn’t want to see anyone else. I don’t avoid my parents anymore. It was a combination of things falling into place and having Doyin’s help to get me back on track.

I'm looking forward to my future. Enablement means having a sustainable future. Now I am excited about life, I have a new job I want to do and everything is on the up.

Read his full story here and click here for more on our enablement programme .

BEH staff and mental health

How do you look after your mental health?

We thought we’d share some ideas with you from a few of our staff around the Trust, on how they try and relax and look after their mental health. We'd love to hear from you so get in touch with us and let us know what you do to relax - tweet @behmhtnhs.

 Doreen Todd, Information Governance Manager
“I often unwind by taking my granddaughters to the park, weather permitting. I also enjoy my weekend breaks away at Warner Coastal Villages, referred to by my daughter as ‘holidays for old people’ which I think is a little unfair. Last week we saw a Dolly Parton tribute act, and she was brilliant. That's not boring! In my youth I enjoyed horse riding, often entering local gymkhana events and sometimes winning rosettes and trophies. Now I only ‘indulge’ when on holiday, perhaps riding on a sandy beach somewhere nice and warm.”

Camilla Cox Senior Occupational Therapist, Eating Disorders
“My bike is my passport to freedom — of course cycling round London is not always relaxing but it can be, and it’salways fun. I take part in Triathlons and although the actual events are nerve wracking, the training, that’s to say being outside swimming in the reservoir, or running in the woods is relaxing. When I’m not training I listen to music, watch a film, go to an exhibition, and I have one golden rule — at least once a month I must leave the city.
Kathy Soderquist - Service Manager Universal Children’s Service, Enfield
“To unwind, I enjoy spending time with my immediate family, sitting in the warm back garden reminiscing. My husband and I enjoy retirement planning, thinking up things we may never do, but we can dream. A manicureand pedicure also work wonders for me, though not my husband!”

Allison Lerner - Team Lead for Barnet HQ Senior Administrator
“I love to unwind and focus on a good sweaty spinning class, it’s a fab way to de-stress. I try to get there three or four times per week and find I leave feeling pumped and happy, having burned off my calories and it really clears my mind. My chill out time is essential to my sanity, after all it’s ‘me time’, which everyone needs! Although I thrive in a busy environment, I find deep breathing and a good stretch helps too, as does a regular coffee!”

  • Summary:

    We have a number of events taking place for Mental Health Awareness Week.