City and Hackney Mind Helps Residents ‘Take a Pause’ this Mental Health Awareness Week (16th – 23rd May 2016)
Wednesday 18th May
6pm – 8:30pm
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, Dalston Lane, E8 3DF
During Mental Health Awareness Week 2016, City and Hackney MIND – a charity raising awareness and promoting understanding of mental health, is campaigning to help east Londoners, ‘Take a Pause’ by partnering with The Wellbeing Network and hosting a Wellbeing Event at Dalston Easton Curve Gardenon Wednesday 18th May, 6pm – 8:30pm.
With one of the highest rates of people signed off from work due to stress, anxiety and depression, The Wellbeing Network enables Hackney & City residents to access free information, online resources and practical support such as mindfulness group sessions, therapeutic groups and mindful yoga. These sessions are geared to support them taking a pause in their everyday lives, and improve their mental wellbeing.
In its second year, City and Hackney MIND’s Wellbeing Event on Wednesday 18th May invites up to 200 east Londoners to ‘Take a Pause’ in one of Dalston’s beautiful hidden spots, the Eastern Curve’s Garden.
Here guests will be taken through guided mindfulness sessions, enjoy delicious wood-fired pizza and soft drinks, soothing flute and harp music from local artists and free complimentary therapies including massage and aromatherapy from the Shoreditch Spa and mindful yoga led by Hannah Goodman.
With £7.5billion spent on combating mental health in the capital every year, and two million Londoners experiencing some form of mental illness annually, Mindfulness is a simple everyday technique that has been scientifically proven to bring significant benefits including enhanced mental wellbeing and reduced stress levels.
Krishna Maharaj, CEO at City & Hackney MIND said:
“Since MIND launched the Hackney & City Wellbeing Network ahead of last year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we have received 2,560 referrals and currently have 1,334 active members within the network engaged in a range of therapies and receiving the support they need.
This is an amazing achievement for MIND with there being so many Londoners, particularly within the Borough of Hackney suffering from mental illness every year and not receiving any kind of help.
The Take a Pause campaign and events like the Wellbeing Event hosted in Dalston on Wednesday 18th May are integral to Mental Health Awareness Week’s wider cause. Our annual Wellbeing Event offers a really engaging platform to show people the significant benefit of incorporating mindfulness into their daily routine to prevent serious illness like depression, stress and anxiety.’