City and Hackney Wellbeing Network

Holistic support to improve physical and mental health

The City and Hackney Wellbeing Network, offers high-quality free support to help people prevent the onset of mental health problems and alleviate issues such as stress, anxiety and low mood. We also offer support to adults with severe and enduring mental health conditions.

A dynamic and diverse partnership of eleven specialist mental health providers, the Wellbeing Network empowers people towards better mental and physical wellbeing. We offer an exciting range of groups and courses to support people to improve their mental wellbeing, physical health, social networks and daily living skills.

One named ‘network navigator’ will be available to ensure that people receive the right kind of support at the right time and that support is well-coordinated.

Upcoming Courses in November:

Monday 29 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 15/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.

In Progress: 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021, 13/12/2021, 20/12/2021, 10/01/2022, 17/01/2022
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.

In Progress: 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Herbal Craft – 14:00 – 16:00 (started on 08/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery Space 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Unearth the history, properties and uses of herbs and learn how to make use of them in mind, body and home. Themes include: Making your own herbal tea, Boosting health with seasonal herbs, Using herbs for skincare, Introduction to growing your own herbs and Herbs for self care.

In Progress: 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021, 13/12/2021

Tuesday 30 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F:Eat for Health – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 17/08/2021)
Event Type: Physical Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Recovery Hub

Come and learn how to support your body & mind through a natural diet, with food that will reboot & recharge you. You will learn about vitamins and minerals in everyday food and about foods to help you sleep & charge your energy. Each session you will receive a recipe to recreate at home. So come along and claim back a healthy mind!

In Progress: 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021
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Latest News:

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Mental Health Awareness week is being celebrated by the Wellbeing Network on 18th-22nd May. The theme this year is Kindness. Kindness is particularly relevant at this time. The good news: kindness is teachable and contagious!   Did you know? Studies have shown kindness to increase energy, happiness, lifespan, pleasure and serotonin. Kindness can decrease pain, stress, anxiety, depression and blood pressure. Kindness     Read more…

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