To mark World Mental Health Day (10 October) the Mayor of Hackney has announced a new Mental Health Champion for the borough, Cllr Anna Lynch.
Cllr Lynch will support Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure, who retains overall responsibility for mental health.
To mark World Mental Health Day, Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest, with partners SWIM Enterprises and Find a Balance, will be showing that a problem shared is a problem halved by inviting people to visit their Problem-Solving Booths. The booths will be at Narrow Way, Hackney, on Saturday 10 October, between 11am and 1pm.
Vanessa Morris, Chief Executive of Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest, said: “Now is a good time to focus on your mental health. You might have just been holding on to get through lockdown, but now is time to get an MoT for your mind. We can all do one thing to boost each other’s mental health, and Problem-Solving Booths are a great way to get socially connected – whilst physically distancing.”
Visit the Every Mind Matters site: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ for tips and advice for parents, carers and young people on mental wellbeing. Young residents can also visit the City and Hackney Children and Adolescent Mental Health service site for local support: cityandhackneycamhs.org.uk/.
The Mental Health Champion is a Councillor who will act as an advocate for mental health in Hackney. They will encourage positive action on the issue and engage with residents and community groups. Member Champions do not receive a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) for carrying out their role.