Great Mental Health Day is back for its second year Friday, 27 January 2023.
On this day, Lambeth celebrates the power of community kindness, telling the story of how we’ve come together supporting one another through the past couple of years.
Community kindness improves mental health
In a year that’s remained challenging for many of us, our communities, friends and families have played a vital role in getting us through difficult times together. Kindness is essential for our mental wellbeing, as being nice to others boosts our self-esteem and increases happiness as well as strengthening community communities.
Great Mental Health Day is a chance for Londoners to take an opportunity to reflect on the person, people, group or organisation who has made a difference to you this year.
Lambeth Council supports Great Mental Health Day
Lambeth Council team is launching a kindness campaign on Council social media on Great Mental Health Day. Videos from senior leaders recognising someone who has been particularly kind to them. Lambeth residents are also encouraged to email the Council with a short written ‘shout-out’ to recognise the kindness of someone or an organisation. Email these to PublicHealth@lambeth.gov.uk
Cllr Jim Dickson, Lambeth Council Cabinet Lead for Healthier Communities, and Co-Chair of Lambeth Together’s health and care partnership, said:
“For this year’s Great Mental Health Day, Lambeth is joining in a London-wide celebration of the power of community kindness and how communities, friends and families come together for one another.
“We want the day to get people in Lambeth talking about mental health, highlight the great support available, and, crucially, take the stigma out of asking for help when needed.”
“We also want to celebrate our communities, how they’ve come together in the tough times of the past two years and supported each other tirelessly with incredible kindness, selflessness, and cohesion.”
Get involved in Great Mental Health Day 2023 in Lambeth
To mark the day in Lambeth, we will celebrate our amazing communities in the following ways:
- Firstly a community walk on Friday 27 January visiting some of the brilliant organisations and activities that support mental wellbeing in our community.
- The walk starts at 336 Brixton Road at 12pm. You can join earlier at Kennington Station at 11am (please bring your own lunch).
- For more info on the route and the stops along the route please see the Lambeth Great Mental health Day community walk event link
- Secondly all Londoners can:
- Explore the interactive map on Thrive LDN’s website
- Watch a webinar from Good Thinking, London’s digital wellbeing service, outlining three simple steps to help you support others
- Join other Great Mental Health Day webinars and workshops online (from a session on radical self-care to a Japanese flower arranging workshop)
- Finally you are encouraged to share your own stories and experiences of community kindness or plans for the day on social media with the hashtag #GreatMentalHealth
Get help for those struggling with their mental health
London-wide mental health support
Many Londoners are struggling with stress, anxiety, low mood and sleeplessness. Good Thinking have a range of free, NHS-approved tools, advice and resources available directly from www.good-thinking.uk , including:
- Cost of living crisis: how to look after your mental health
- Five ways to wellbeing guide
- Tailored wellbeing guides co-created with faith and belief communities across London
- Free mental health and wellbeing app
Lambeth Living Well Network Alliance support
The Lambeth Living Well Network Alliance supports people in Lambeth who are experiencing mental illness or distress. Find out more about how to get help in a crisis, get a referral or refer yourself to mental health support and services, and how to access talking therapies on their ‘Get help’ pages.