I’d like to invite you to join me on Saturday 14 October from 1:30pm to 3:30pm to help raise awareness of our mental health and fundraise for the Mental Health Foundation.
The timing of this event is in support of World Mental Health Day which is an annual awareness day held on 10 October. The theme this year is mental health in the workplace. To support this theme I have invited two guests to join me to share some practical tips on helping support our mental health at work and in our daily life.
Mental health doesn’t happen to someone else
It’s important to remember that mental illness doesn’t happen to ‘someone else.’ Our mental health is effected by day to day life. Being diagnosed with a physical illness like Breast Cancer has a huge impact on the individual’s mental health. Anything that has a big impact on our life will effect our physical and emotional wellbeing. Learning how to look out for signs of change in our mental health through our behaviour, thoughts and physical health is a key step.
This year is the seventh annual Tea & Talk I have hosted. I’m a supporter of the Mental Health Foundation because I wanted to give back and make a difference. The money raised over these events contributes towards research and education, particularly around preventative support for mental health. At each event I aim to share and inspire preventative tools to help attendees walk away with something to use in their everyday life.
Sharing tips to look after our mental health
As individuals we all have different ‘coping strategies’ and levels of resilience. However we all have mental health and we can all learn ways to prevent illness and support healthy mental health.
1) TALK & LISTEN. Talking and listening to people who have experience of mental health illnesses in a safe and non judgemental environment is enlightening. It also reminds us that we are all amazing individuals. Each journey through illness to recovery is unique and talking to others and generally meeting new people can help inspire and create new friendships.
2) MOVEMENT. Physically moving is nourishing for the mind and body. We need to move to boost our circulation and for our body to function healthily. We need to stretch our muscles to release the day to day tension that builds within us. This can be through stressful living to sitting at a desk 8-10 hours a day.
3) SOUND. What we hear each day impacts how we view our day and feel each day. From the music we listen to on the radio or on our playlists, to workplace chatter and customer engagement there is lots of noise. Changing what we listen to and varying what we listen to can be the difference to the start of our day.
4) VISUALISATION. Our inner self is a gifted space of calm when we connect our mind and body together. A space we all want to dip into, but often in the stress and busyness can’t find it. Learning how to breathe into a relaxed place and recall an experience, to feel it, see it, hear it can help reset the day with a calmer and happier focus.
Join me and my guests Mark of KarmaCornerYoga and Diana of Sound Mind and Body. Mark joined us at the event in 2012 and will be joining us again to show how we can use yoga while we are sat down at work. Diana is a talented singer and is a sound therapy practitioner. Diana will be sharing how music and sound effect our mental health. Finally I’m going to guide you through connecting your mind and body to change your mood with a short guided visualisation/ meditation.
14 October 2017
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Coronation Hall, Market Deeping, PE6 8DB
Everyone is welcome and the venue is accessible with car parking. The venue is also on the main Delaine bus route and only a short walk from the centre of Market Deeping.
We only ask for a donation of £5 for tea/ coffee and cake and raffle tickets are £1. Taking part in the practical demonstrations is optional and is free of charge.
If you’d like to donate a cake or raffle prize, please contact me directly via the contact page.
It will be lovely to see you there – bring a friend or two, colleagues or family. Remember we all have mental health and together we can make a difference.
Emma Lannigan is a Mental Health First Aider and experienced acute depression and anxiety in her mid twenties. Emma is the founder and author of belifehappy: give. play. love. learn and is a NLP coach and holistic therapist.
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