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

World Mental Health Day: Sunday 10th October

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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

World Mental Health Day: Sunday 10th October

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:

Bryony Gordon x Joules Interview

https://www.joules.com/Hello-Autumn/Self-Care-Tips?icid=HomepageBlog3-_-SelfCare

Mental Health Mates Welwyn Garden featured in Welwyn Hatfield Times. https://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/welwyn-garden-city-mental-health-mates-8242420

Mental Health Mates Bridlington featured in Bridlington Free Press. https://www.bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk/health/bridlington-mental-health-mates-group-to-host-walk-from-opposite-the-expanse-hotel-3333753

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/

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

TAKING A BREAK

*FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Cooking is a wonderful way to give yourself a break and center yourself in the present moment. Cooking is an act of patience, mindfulness, an outlet for creative expression, a moment to engage with your senses and a wonderful boost for your self esteem. Take time to this month to disconnect from the outside noise, follow a recipe at your own pace and allow yourself the space to cook something delicious for yourself

 *GET CREATIVE: A 2015 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology showed that being creative can increase positive emotions, lessen depressive symptoms, reduce stress, decrease anxiety, and even improve immune system functioning. Whether it is taking time in your day to draw, write, sing, paint or dance – the act of being creative in any capacity is a fantastic way to take a break and alleviate day to day pressure.

 *STRETCH IT OUT: Whether we are constantly running around on our feet or chained to a desk all day long, it is so important for both our physical and mental state to nurture our bodies gently. Stretching is a wonderful way to do so, alleviating the mental and physical tension we tend to carry in our day to fay lives. Here is a stretch to try this month:Thread the Needle: Begin on all fours. Reach right arm underneath body, allowing right shoulder and temple to release to the ground. Allow left hand to stay where it is, or crawl it a bit to the right toward head. Stay here for 5 deep breaths. Repeat on opposite side.

 *TAKE A STROLL: You knew it was coming! At Mental Health Mates, we know from experience that one of the best ways to take time for yourself is the simple act of Walking. This can be anything from doing a loop around your local park to planning a walk through a famous walking path. Studies have shown that Walking helps to reduce stress, regulate anxiety and help you to feel more positive about the world around you.

Mental Health in the News

April 9th, 2021 Mental Health Mates website

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

Bryony Gordon x Joules Interview

https://www.joules.com/Hello-Autumn/Self-Care-Tips?icid=HomepageBlog3-_-SelfCare

Mental Health Mates Welwyn Garden featured in Welwyn Hatfield Times. https://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/welwyn-garden-city-mental-health-mates-8242420

Mental Health Mates Bridlington featured in Bridlington Free Press. https://www.bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk/health/bridlington-mental-health-mates-group-to-host-walk-from-opposite-the-expanse-hotel-3333753

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/

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

TAKING A BREAK

*FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Cooking is a wonderful way to give yourself a break and center yourself in the present moment. Cooking is an act of patience, mindfulness, an outlet for creative expression, a moment to engage with your senses and a wonderful boost for your self esteem. Take time to this month to disconnect from the outside noise, follow a recipe at your own pace and allow yourself the space to cook something delicious for yourself

 *GET CREATIVE: A 2015 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology showed that being creative can increase positive emotions, lessen depressive symptoms, reduce stress, decrease anxiety, and even improve immune system functioning. Whether it is taking time in your day to draw, write, sing, paint or dance – the act of being creative in any capacity is a fantastic way to take a break and alleviate day to day pressure.

 *STRETCH IT OUT: Whether we are constantly running around on our feet or chained to a desk all day long, it is so important for both our physical and mental state to nurture our bodies gently. Stretching is a wonderful way to do so, alleviating the mental and physical tension we tend to carry in our day to fay lives. Here is a stretch to try this month:Thread the Needle: Begin on all fours. Reach right arm underneath body, allowing right shoulder and temple to release to the ground. Allow left hand to stay where it is, or crawl it a bit to the right toward head. Stay here for 5 deep breaths. Repeat on opposite side.

 *TAKE A STROLL: You knew it was coming! At Mental Health Mates, we know from experience that one of the best ways to take time for yourself is the simple act of Walking. This can be anything from doing a loop around your local park to planning a walk through a famous walking path. Studies have shown that Walking helps to reduce stress, regulate anxiety and help you to feel more positive about the world around you.

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.