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Celebrate supportive relationships in Mental Health Awareness Week

The Royal Borough is hosting a number of events throughout the week of 16 to 22 May.

This year the theme is healthy and supportive relationships and their importance in maintaining good mental health. The Greenwich Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum, which represents a range of local organisations offering services to support people's mental health and wellbeing, is running a series of awareness raising events promoting healthy and supportive relationships.

Awareness raising events

Events include an old-fashioned style market with homemade cakes, food and plants on sale, as well as local wellbeing products and services and information stalls. Visitors will also be able to indulge in Thai foot massages, Reiki and Reflexology. The market will be held on Wednesday 18 May, 11 to 4pm at:

Recovery College Greenwich
First Floor
Equitable House
10 Woolwich New Road
London SE18 6AB

Royal Greenwich libraries will be displaying information on how to maintain good mental health, and will also be handing out inserts along with all books borrowed that explain the key elements that make up healthy relationships such as communication, boundaries and trust.

The Forum will be encouraging the public to get involved with the conversation around healthy relationships and mental health with the hashtag #AllOfUsGreenwich, designed to raise awareness that mental health affects 'All Of Us'.

Celebrating healthy and supportive relationships

Katy Grazebrook, Lead Clinical Psychologist at Greenwich Time to Talk and Co-Chair of the Forum, said: "This Mental Health Awareness Week we are celebrating healthy and supportive relationships by talking to residents of the Borough about what it takes to maintain such relationships. More than healthy diet or exercise, strong social networks improve our mental wellbeing. From family and friends, to colleagues and neighbours, taking notice of those connections makes you feel safe and supported."

A priority for the council

Cllr David Gardner, the Royal Borough's Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Public Health, said, "Services that support mental wellbeing are a priority for the council and promoting awareness of mental health and ways to improve it are at the forefront of our public health strategy."

Who makes up the Forum

The Greenwich Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum consists of:

  • Feelgood Greenwich and Greenwich Mind - local voluntary sector services promoting good mental health in Greenwich
  • Greenwich Healthy Living -Royal Borough of Greenwich's public health and wellbeing service
  • Greenwich Time To Talk - NHS talking therapy service for people with anxiety or depression
  • Recovery College Greenwich - providing educational courses for people in recovery
  • GLL - the charitable social enterprise that runs libraries and leisure centres on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich
  • Greenwich Area Involvement Network (GAIN) - network of mental health service users
  • Social Enterprise Employment Company (SEEC) - helping people in recovery into employment
  • The Samaritans - volunteer staffed 24/7 listening service