Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event that aims to raise awareness of mental health problems and the services available to support people.

Mental Health Awareness Week will take place on Monday 15th May till Sunday 21st May. This year’s theme set by The Mental Health Foundation will be focusing on anxiety. 

Hertfordshire and Mid Essex Talking Therapies will be providing local residents and organisations with two free Health & Wellbeing Days and a programme of online activities throughout the week. We hope you can join us as part of our celebrations and to raise awareness.

Public events: 

Monday 15th May: Our Mid Essex team will be hosting a stall at High Chelmer Shopping Centre in Chelmsford - Come and say hello!

Our colleagues from across Hertfordshire & Mid Essex teams will be out and about in their local area distributing leaflets and flyers to local organisations. Please do stop and talk to us with any questions that you may have.

Free Health & Wellbeing Day, Tuesday 16th May at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage:

Join us for a fact-filled day of stalls and workshops hosted by local charities and services including: Hertfordshire Talking Therapies, Mind in Mid-Herts, Herts Mind Network, Triangle Community Gardens, The Living Room, Foodshed/Babyshed, Holistic Health At Home, Everyone Active, New Leaf Recovery and wellbeing College and Pixie & Pickles Therapy Ponies!

Workshop timetable: 

10:00am - New shoots by Triangle Community Gardens  
11:00am - Reiki Drum Group Healing Meditation by Holistic Health at Home 
12:00pm - Understanding Worry & Anxiety by NHS Hertfordshire Talking Therapies
1:00pm - The Benefits of a healthy lifestyle by Everyone active 
2:00pm - Why having a wellbeing action plan helps your personal recovery by New Leaf Recovery College 

Free Health & Wellbeing Day, Thursday 18th May at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford:

Join us for a fact-filled day of stalls and workshops hosted by local charities and services including: Mid Essex Talking Therapies, Chelmsford Foodbank, Citizens Advice, With You in Mind, Mid and North East Essex Mind, Centre for Action against Rape and Abuse (CARA), Open Road, Chelmsford CVS, Essex Wellbeing Service, Adult Social Care; Mental Health and Wellbeing Team, Anglia Ruskin University, Action for Family Carers, Chelmsford City Health PCN and Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS)

Workshop timetable:

10:00am - NHS Mid Essex Talking Therapies; who we are, how we work, how CBT based interventions could help you by Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners from the service 
11:00am - Why support after a Suicide? by Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
1:00pm -Mindfulness by Mid Essex Talking Therapies
2:00pm - Seated exercise session by With You in Mind 

Online Mental Health Support Day, Wednesday 17th May:

10:00am - Mental Health Awareness Training:

Our free online Mental Health Awareness Training workshop raises awareness of common mental health problems and provides tools and techniques to support colleagues struggling with pressures at work, service users navigating challenging lives, friends, and family. Improving your understanding of mental health difficulties could benefit many people around you.

This brief overview session identifies key contributors to mental health challenges, signs and symptoms of mental health difficulties, and ways in which you can open sensitive conversations, develop a plan of action, and build trust. The webinar includes information about NHS Talking Therapies and how to support others to engage more closely with the local mental health team. 

Click here to secure your free place to the Mental Health Awareness Training session.

1:00pm - Understanding Anxiety: * Launch Day*

Our brand new ‘Understanding Anxiety’ webinar has been created especially for Mental Health Awareness Week 2023! The webinar explores how anxiety affects our thoughts, behaviours, emotions and physical sensations, and offers a toolbox based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) of ways to manage these common feelings. The webinar includes information about the support offered by Hertfordshire and Mid Essex Talking Therapies for anyone interested in receiving further help and guidance. 

The aim of this webinar is to help you understand anxiety, feel more comfortable with it and start to discover ways of living your life alongside anxiety.

Click here to secure your free place for the launch of our new 'Understanding Anxiety' webinar.

5:30pm - Relaxation Skills

This is an introduction to the topic of relaxation including practical relaxation exercises, guided by the facilitator, so participants can experience varying methods of relaxation.
Stress and anxiety are common features of life, keeping us all in an exhausting state of psychological and physical tension. An effective way to reduce this tension is through relaxation.

Relaxation is not just something that happens to us. By understanding more about it and learning simple but effective techniques we can choose to enter a more relaxed state of mind and body, irrespective of the difficulties facing us.

Click here to secure your free place at our Relaxation webinar.

Live and interactive webinars (Monday 15th - Friday 19th): 

Join us for a free live and interactive webinar delivered by a member of our team during the week to help improve your wellbeing.

Monday: Mindfulness: Reconnect with your True Self at 11am. Click here for more information and to register.  
Tuesday: Managing employment and emotional wellbeing at 10am. Click here for more information and to register.
Tuesday: How to Cope with Stress at 3pm. Click here for more information and to register. 
Wednesday: See our 'Online Mental Health Support Day' details above.
Thursday: Menopause and Emotional Wellbeing at 3pm. Click here for more information and to register.
Friday: Managing Worry at 10am. Click here for more information and to register.