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Head for Work: Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 is stress and how we are coping with it.  We all know what it’s like to feel stressed - being under pressure is part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress, or experiencing long-term stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

Mind in Harrow will be marking the week between 14 and 20 May by encouraging our supporters to consider their own wellbeing, while our Head for Work project focuses on helping workplaces and employees create mentally healthy workplaces where everyone feels valued and supported.  Mind in Harrow’s Chief Executive Mark Gillham said: “In 2016/17 there were 12.5 million working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety.  Our Head for Work project delivers specialist, tailored mental health awareness training, which is employer focused. The feedback from employers is that our training can help staff to better self-manage their stress levels.”

The Head for Work project is delivering a free workshop during Mental Health Awareness Week entitled ‘How to Cope with Stress and Improve your Wellbeing’. For us to maintain our wellbeing, noticing what is making us stressed helps us learn how we can deal with it. This interactive workshop will explore the nature of stress, its health effects and how to identify stressors and responses.  Delegates will be able to identify their strengths, build on current strategies and create a personal action plan. To find out more and book tickets go to Download the workshop flyer here.

Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity to think about how we can address the causes of work-related stress and find advice or support on managing stress in our daily lives. To book training for your organisation, please call Hanlie Burger on 020 8515 7861 or e-mail her on

Heads Up is launched!

    We’re really excited to be launching our new 3 year service, HeadsUp.

    HeadsUp is a free and confidential service for young people aged 14-25 in Harrow which aims to support young people in Harrow to improve their mental health, resilience and to build their self-esteem.

    Mind in Harrow, Centre for Autism and ADHD, The Mosaic Trust and Paiwand will be working in partnership to provide a mix of peer-led mental wellbeing workshops and specialist one-to-one and group sessions provided by specialist services. The specialist sessions will be for young people from the LGBT and refugee communities and those with ADHD and Autism support needs.  

    Rachel Deeds, HeadsUp project co-ordinator at Mind in Harrow said, 

    ‘We really excited to be launching HeadsUp. This is the first partnership project of this type in Harrow, which will complement existing young people’s mental health support in Harrow and will meet a unique need.

    Mind in Harrow’s role in HeadsUp is to co-ordinate the project and run our Mindkit mental wellbeing workshops. Mind in Harrow volunteers have been working hard to prepare for these workshops. We’re all ready to start and have loads of sessions booked in schools and youth services in from April’

    For further information on Mindkit workshops, referrals, service criteria and what we offer, please contact the Single Point of Access, Mind in Harrow: Tel 020 8515 7853