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mental health awareness week

Mental Health Awareness Week

Did you know?

  • 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem of some kind each year.
  • 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week.

Join us to raise awareness about Mental Health and reduce stigma. This year's theme is ‘Movement’. Movement is important for our mental health, but so many of us struggle to move enough. We know there are many different reasons for this, so at this Mental Health Awareness Week we want to help people to find moments for movement in their daily routines. Going for a walk in your neighbourhood, putting on your favourite music and dancing around the living room, doing chair exercises when you’re watching television, visiting your local Idea Store/Library to borrow a book, participate in an activity or take up a Health and Wellbeing course.

Lookout for our special mental health themed book displays around Idea Stores to help you on your way to better mental and physical health and well-being.

Mental Health Week 1 day courses

Mental Health Week Activities

Conversation club

Conversation Club

Is English your second language and you want to practise speaking it with others? Then join our weekly Conversation Club. This week we will be discussing mental health.

Monday 13 May, 11am - 12noon
Idea Store Watney Market

Tuesday 14 May, 11am - 12noon
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Two cups of tea

Prime Time

Prime Time sessions will be themed around Mental Health Awareness Week and Dementia Action Week. Are you over 50 and want to chat with other people your age? Join us this week for Prime Time session to enjoy socialising, as well as talks, films, games and other events. 

Monday 13 May, 10 - 11.45am 
Dementia Q&A session.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Tuesday 14 May, 10 - 11.45am
Quiz/guest speaker from Age UK.
Idea Store Bow

Thursday 16 May, 10.15am - 11.45pm
Dementia Q&A session
Idea Store Watney Market

Thursday 23 May, 11.15am - 12.45pm
Marking Moments
Cubit Town Library

close up photo of a pile of books

Book Break Online

Would you like to share stories and poetry to lift the mood? Possibly take a turn of reading out loud? Join this weeks mental health themed online Book Break group.

Please email atalanta.kernick
who will send you an invite to the next session.

Tuesday 14 May, 2-3pm

Dementia Action Week 13- 19 May

Did you know?

  • Almost 1 million people in the UK have dementia.
  • In the UK there are more women with dementia than men.
  • People over 65 are much more likely to get dementia, but it can affect younger people too.

We're working with Alzheimer Society and Age UK who will provide us with leaflets and host an information stall at Idea Store Bow on 15 May at 10-4pm.

There will also be Dementia related talks during the week in our Prime Time sessions.

1 in 3 People living with dementia do not have a diagnosis. A diagnosis is vital to give people access to the care, treatment and support they desperately need.