Mental Health Awareness Week
Join us in support of Mental Health Awareness Week, 9th - 15th May.
Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play out part in this.
So this Mental Health Awareness Week, mentalhealth.org.uk are raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it. Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society.
We are taking a practical approach to this at Telford Centre with the following steps to help reduce loneliness across our community.
The Poetry Project
Telford Centre has worked with James McInerney of The Poetry Project for a number of years now and will be sharing some of the mindful poems from The Poetry Project across our social media channels during Mental Health Awareness Week.
The aim of James' poetry is to raise awareness of subjects like depression and mental health in an attempt to help those who are currently suffering and show them that it is ok and they are not alone. The spoken word can be a very powerful thing and in itself can be healing. To learn more about The Poetry Project visit https://jamesmcinerney.wixsite.com/poetry/copy-of-projects
The Retreat Roof Top Garden
The Retreat Roof Top Garden is a quiet space at Telford Centre that can be enjoyed by all. It was developed in partnership with Telford Autism Hub and is a sensory garden which also provides a quiet space for reflection and time out of the busy day. For further details click here.
During Mental Health Awareness Week we will open our new Mindful Lift which provides access to The Retreat Roof Top Garden and will start the journey in a tranquil space that features some of the inspirational poems from The Poetry Project. Full details will be shared across our social media channels this week.
Our centre team have made personal pledges to make small steps to help reduce loneliness. We will be sharing some of our pledges across our social media channels and we hope this inspires our customers to make their own pledges so we can all help to do more, every little counts.
The Chatty Chair
To continue our support after Mental Health Awareness week we will also be launching our Chatty Chair at the centre in June which encourages shoppers to take a seat and have a chat, share their thoughts and break the silence. Further details will be coming soon.
If you would like any further information and Mental Health advice please visit https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/mental-health-awareness-week/