Barnet marks World Mental Health Day


Barnet Wellbeing Service and Barnet Council will be hosting a webinar featuring a range of experts to mark the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day – ‘mental health for all’.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

The event will take place on Zoom between 10am and 1pm on Thursday 8 October, and you can book your place online

Details on how to join via Zoom will be sent out the day before.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and there will be a range of activities throughout the event.

The packed programme will include updates from a range of organisations on what they are doing to increase access to mental health services for vulnerable groups in the borough.

Mental health specialists from Barnet Wellbeing Service will give details of the support they offer, and the range of classes they organise – including singing, yoga, and wellbeing during COVID-19.

Residents are also invited to the virtual launch of the new Support After Suicide service from 11am to 1pm on Monday 12 October. The service is for people bereaved by suicide who live, work or study in North Central London. You can register for your free ticket to the launch online.

The full agenda and online entry link will be sent to all registered attendees before the event.

The Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Caroline Stock, who is also Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board, said: “We’re going through a very uncertain time. It is unclear what the future holds as Covid-19 continues to pose a threat. This may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, helpless, overwhelmed, confused or angry. It’s understandable to feel like that – but please, try to take care of your mind as well as your body.

“Stay connected with current events – but if news stories make you feel anxious, think about switching off or limiting what you look at for a while. Social media can help you stay in touch with people, but might also make you feel anxious if people are sharing news stories or posting about their worries. Consider taking a break or limiting how much you use social media.

“Make sure you find time to exercise, and also to relax. If you’re working from home, try to take short breaks – and stay connected with others. Keep in touch with your friends and family and remember that a problem shared is a problem halved.”

Learn more about our local and national mental health services and World Mental Health Day, which takes place on Saturday 10 October.

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