C&I held its first service user and carer webinar - moving the popular Mental Health Matters series online because of social-distancing
The webinar was hosted by our Medical Director, Dr Vincent Kirchner, with Physical Health Lead, Christina Amin, who gave advice and answered questions during the live event. There were lots of interesting points and areas of discussion around improving mental health and wellbeing, coping with the challenges of the pandemic.
There is a list of useful resources lower on this page and you can watch a recording of the webinar by clicking here.
Message from Dr Vincent Kirchner:
I greatly enjoyed the webinar with service users. The questions were great, thank you so much for sending them. Sorry if we didn’t get to your question during the live event. I have tried to answer them in the text below.
Always remember that if you do need more support, we are here for you. Get in touch with your usual contact at the Trust, who will be best-placed to help.
You may find some of the resources below useful:
C&I Recovery College
The Recovery College runs a wide range of courses and have moved many of them online. They include sessions on mindfulness, exercise, food, growing plants, depression, coping with the festive season - and much more. You can see the full programme and enrol online.
One You has been developed by Public Health England – there is a website and also several free apps that you can download from the App store. The One You suite includes a fitness programme with a range of simple exercises you can do at home, a plan to help you cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink and even a healthy eating app with great recipes. It also offers a Couch to 5K app which was developed with the BBC and you can choose from a range of celebrities whose voices encourage you to keep going and achieve your goals.
The section relating to mental health is called Every Mind Matters https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
It has a quiz that helps to assess your state of mind in quite a fun way, and then offers a programme to help you improve your mental wellbeing
NHS – Better Health
https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/ - free NHS weight loss plan to help you start healthier eating habits, be more active and start losing weight.
The plan is broken down into 12 weeks so you can:
Thrive LDN is a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners. It is supported by the Mayor of London and led by the London Health Board partners. It is really comprehensive, there is a lot to read and several podcasts you can listen to. It also has links to a lot of resources and organisations for specific groups, such as young people or people who are LGBTQ+