Join us for Ham & High Community Mental Health Day

C&I is taking part in a day of events focussing on mental health, organised by the local Ham & High newspaper - and we would love you to join us! The event is taking place online on Zoom, and is free but you have to sign up on Eventbrite so please do that early to secure your place.

The day, called Our Community's Mental Health,  features a discussion, where iCope Clinical Psychologist Dr Chinea Eziefula is on the panel, and C&I's Recovery College is hosting a session on gardening therapy.

You will also be able to join  live interviews and Q&As with experts, as well as panel discussions on subjects, including religion and wellbeing, and the role of comedy and laughter. There are high-profile speakers, including Ginny Greenwood MBE, from Exercise With Me, former Downing Street advisor Alastair Campbell and Marjorie Wallace CBE, founder and chief executive of SANE.
The event is in association with the metal health charity SANE, which raises awareness, provides support through a helpline and other services, and promote research; Thrive LDN, a citywide initiative to promote wellbeing; and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
Sponsors for the event include Barnet Fostering and The UCL Academy.
The full line up can be found below and you will be able to join us at any point throughout the day:
8.25-9am – Early Morning Exercise with Ginny
West Hampstead's Ginny Greenwood MBE, from Exercise With Me, will be getting the day started with a gentle workout.
9-9.45am – Where we are and what help is out there?
Experts will discuss and take questions on the mental health challenges we face and, vitally, the support that is out there. On the panel will be clinical psychologist Dr Chinea Eziefula, who is Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust's lead for long-term health conditions in Camden; Dr Phil Moore, chair of the NHS Mental Health Commissioners Network and co-chair of London’s Suicide Prevention Group; and Highgate's Marjorie Wallace, founder of the mental health charity SANE.
10-10.40am – Mental Health and Me - Alastair Campbell and Fiona Millar
Former government communications chief and writer Alastair Campbell's book Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression has just been released on paperback. He and his partner, the journalist and education campaigner Fiona Millar, will be in conversation with Ham&High editor André Langlois.
11-11.25am – Gardening and Wellbeing with the Recovery College
Rina Deans from the Camden and Islington's Recovery College will run a session on the link between gardening and wellbeing.
12-12.20pm Music with Young Music Makers 12.30-12.50pm Dance with Swing Sister Swing
Young Music Makers and Swing Sister Swing will introduce the benefits of music and dance, before providing a little lunchtime entertainment.
1-1.40pm – Mental Health and My Child, with Bounce Forward
The Finchley Road-based charity Bounce Forward will run a class where parents can learn about resilient parenting, helping their children overcome setbacks and navigating uncertainty.
2-2.45pm – Mental Health and Faith
A panel will discuss how faith communities have found and approached the mental health challenges of the pandemic and beyond. In conversation will be Mother Carol Barrett Ford, of St Martin's Church, Gospel Oak; Bibi Khan, president of London Islamic Cultural Society and Mosque; and Rabbi David Mason of Muswell Hill Synagogue and chair of Haringey Faith Network.
3-3.45pm – Comedy, Laughter and Wellbeing
The discussion will look at the role of laughter, as well as how comedians approach mental health. On the panel will be Tash Alexander, of Head Held High, a social enterprise which runs a motivational course called Stand Up For Yourself; stand-up comedian Charlie George, who launched Crack-Up Comedy Cabaret in aid of Hackney mental health charity Core Arts and co-hosts the podcast Happiness...and How to Get It; and stand-up comedian Rich Wilson, who hosts the Insane In the Men Brain podcast.
4-4.40pm – Nutrition and your Mind
To round off the day will be chat about food and the role it plays in our wellbeing. Among the panellists will be nutritional expert James Clark; Kris Hall founder of The Burnt Chef Project, a non-profit business tackling mental heath issues in the hospitality industry; and Lorenzo Stella, manager of Hampstead's famous La Gaffe restaurant.
Ham&High editor André Langlois said: "Even before the pandemic, the country faced a mental health challenge - but now it is greater than ever.
"The oft-quoted figure is that one in four of us will experience mental health problems each year - but really it is an issue which affects us all. Every one of us has someone close who is struggling, if not ourselves.
"With Ham&High: Our Community's Mental Health we aim to help signpost support that is available and remind people that they are not alone."
Marjorie Wallace CBE, founder and chief executive of SANE, said: “Mental health has rarely been such an urgent issue, as over the course of the pandemic SANE has seen a significant increase in the number of people contacting us who have been triggered into deep anxiety and depression, as well as calls from those who have an existing diagnosis but are unable to receive professional support from mental health services."
She added: “We are delighted to be involved in the Ham&High: Our Community's Mental Health and look forward to seeing you all ."
Support from SANE can be found at

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