MHM latest news

With so many exciting things ahead for Mental Health Mates, we want to keep our MHM Community up to date on all of the the latest events, mental health tips and mental health news.

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New walks update

January 28th, 2021 Mental Health Mates website

We’re growing and reaching new people all the time. Recently, new walks have been added in:

  • Cheltenham
  • Chorley
  • Bexley Heath
  • Birmingham
  • Newport
  • Highams Park
  • Welwyn Garden City

See our full list of next walks (or virtual meets) here.

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Dates for the diary

February 3rd, 2021 Mental Health Mates website

MHM @ Home: TBD

Vitality 10K Celebrate You: 29th May – 6th June

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Newsletter archive

April 12th, 2021 Mental Health Mates website

Missed out on our monthly newsletter? See our past newsletters here: 

New walks update

January 28th, 2021 Mental Health Mates website

We’re growing and reaching new people all the time. Recently, new walks have been added in:

  • Cheltenham
  • Chorley
  • Bexley Heath
  • Birmingham
  • Newport
  • Highams Park
  • Welwyn Garden City

See our full list of next walks (or virtual meets) here.

Dates for the diary

February 3rd, 2021 Mental Health Mates website

MHM @ Home: TBD

Vitality 10K Celebrate You: 29th May – 6th June

To receive email invitations to upcoming events sign up to become a MHM member.

MHM@Home Catch up

Celebrate You

On the 6th April, Bryony was joined by MHM ambassador Jada Sezer to discuss their Celebrate You Campaign with Vitality...

Bryony and Beat

On 1st March our MHM@home event was Bryony talking to Beat. Bryony talked to a fantastic member of the Beat...

MHM@Home February Event

1st February 2021: Bryony Gordon with ReThink Mental Illness Catch up with practical advice for looking after your mental health...

‘No Such thing as Normal’ from Monday 11th January

We held an MHM@Home event on Monday 11th January with Bryony discussing her new book ‘No Such Thing as Normal’....

Newsletter archive

April 12th, 2021 Mental Health Mates website

Missed out on our monthly newsletter? See our past newsletters here: 

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Mental Health in the News

April 9th, 2021 Mental Health Mates website

Catch up on the latest Mental Health and Mental Health Mates News:

Men Tackling Mental Health through Walking. https://www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/londoner-started-walking-help-mental-20779072

Mental Health Mates Bedford featured in Bedford Independent Magazine. https://www.bedfordindependent.co.uk/mental-health-mates-walks-return-to-bedford/

Mental Health Mates Bristol featured in Bristol 247 Magazine. https://www.bristol247.com/lifestyle/health/making-mates-and-supporting-each-others-mental-health-1/

Bryony Gordon’s Mad World Podcast is back. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/bryony-gordons-mad-world/id1224672811

Mental Health Mates Reading featured in Round & About Magazine’s April 2021 Issue. https://online.fliphtml5.com/cibyw/qdko/#p=10

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Monthly Self Care Tip

April 9th, 2021 Mental Health Mates website

MOVING FORWARD

*IT’S OK TO SAY NO: As restrictions continue to lift, it’s easy to feel suddenly overwhelmed with having much to do and little time to do it. Although it can feel challenging to say no, politely declining a social plan or the request to work overtime is key to looking after your Mental Health. Prioritising your time and implementing your boundaries will help you manage the stress and anxiety of becoming overloaded with work and social plans. 

 *CLEAR YOUR SPACE, CLEAR YOUR MIND: Research shows that clutter increases our cortisol levels (the stress hormone) that can reduce creativity and focus. With a busy Summer ahead, taking just ten minutes a day to declutter your space may help alleviate feelings of chaos and anxiety. Taking time to create a clean space can help us in moving forward with our everyday tasks. 

 *TAKE A BREATH: When you find things feel out of control, take a moment to do some mindful breathing. Studies show that breathing exercises can actually improve cognitive function, encourage positive thought processes, and reduce symptoms of anxiety. The simplest breathing technique is to count your breaths. You start by counting 1 on the inhale, 2 on the exhale, 3 on the inhale, and so forth. 

 *ONE STEP AT A TIME: It is no secret that Walking has incredible benefits for those struggling with Mental Health, especially during our time in lockdown. But as things open up and inevitably we become busier, we may begin to walk less. Put time aside to keep walking, even if it’s for ten minutes in your lunch break or a quick stroll around your local park. Continuing to Walk will help us move forward, one step at a time!

Mental Health in the News

April 9th, 2021 Mental Health Mates website

Catch up on the latest Mental Health and Mental Health Mates News:

Men Tackling Mental Health through Walking. https://www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/londoner-started-walking-help-mental-20779072

Mental Health Mates Bedford featured in Bedford Independent Magazine. https://www.bedfordindependent.co.uk/mental-health-mates-walks-return-to-bedford/

Mental Health Mates Bristol featured in Bristol 247 Magazine. https://www.bristol247.com/lifestyle/health/making-mates-and-supporting-each-others-mental-health-1/

Bryony Gordon’s Mad World Podcast is back. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/bryony-gordons-mad-world/id1224672811

Mental Health Mates Reading featured in Round & About Magazine’s April 2021 Issue. https://online.fliphtml5.com/cibyw/qdko/#p=10

Monthly Self Care Tip

April 9th, 2021 Mental Health Mates website

MOVING FORWARD

*IT’S OK TO SAY NO: As restrictions continue to lift, it’s easy to feel suddenly overwhelmed with having much to do and little time to do it. Although it can feel challenging to say no, politely declining a social plan or the request to work overtime is key to looking after your Mental Health. Prioritising your time and implementing your boundaries will help you manage the stress and anxiety of becoming overloaded with work and social plans. 

 *CLEAR YOUR SPACE, CLEAR YOUR MIND: Research shows that clutter increases our cortisol levels (the stress hormone) that can reduce creativity and focus. With a busy Summer ahead, taking just ten minutes a day to declutter your space may help alleviate feelings of chaos and anxiety. Taking time to create a clean space can help us in moving forward with our everyday tasks. 

 *TAKE A BREATH: When you find things feel out of control, take a moment to do some mindful breathing. Studies show that breathing exercises can actually improve cognitive function, encourage positive thought processes, and reduce symptoms of anxiety. The simplest breathing technique is to count your breaths. You start by counting 1 on the inhale, 2 on the exhale, 3 on the inhale, and so forth. 

 *ONE STEP AT A TIME: It is no secret that Walking has incredible benefits for those struggling with Mental Health, especially during our time in lockdown. But as things open up and inevitably we become busier, we may begin to walk less. Put time aside to keep walking, even if it’s for ten minutes in your lunch break or a quick stroll around your local park. Continuing to Walk will help us move forward, one step at a time!

Press

Mental Health Mates in the news

Since the first Mental Health Mates walk was held in February 2016, we have received an outpouring of support from the press, helping to spread awareness of mental health issues and the power of peer-to-peer support.

Here are a few media outlets that have supported our journey so far:

Mental Health Mates Speakers for Events or Media Coverage

Members of the Mental Health Mates community are available to speak at events which raise awareness of mental health issues and the importance of peer support and moderate exercise for wellbeing.

To book MHM volunteers for a speaking engagement, please email hello@mentalhealthmates.co.uk, putting ‘MHM Speakers Wanted‘ in the subject line.