Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Mind, Body and Soul – Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 and Self-Harm Awareness Project, May 2019

1st May 2019

The theme of this year’s Metal health Awareness Week is ‘Body Image’. This May at the Head Room Café in Golders Green, we will focus on the link between mind, body and soul and how this impacts our own self-esteem and mental wellbeing.

Daily sessions inside the Café as well as interactive events outside the café will invite the public to share their ideas on how we can improve our relationship with our bodies; create a holistic view of mind, body and soul; and #beyourselfie.

Daniel Neis, Programme Coordinator at Head Room Café, commented, “Body image, self-esteem and mental health are all interconnected. We aim to reach as many people as possible to promote awareness and understanding of these issues and how they impact our mental wellbeing.”

During Mental Health Awareness Week and throughout May in the Quiet Space at Head Room Café, Jami will be hosting the Self-Harm Awareness Project, featuring an exhibition by photographer and mental health campaigner Jude Wacks. A series of events have been curated in collaboration with Jami’s education team and aim to bring more awareness and understanding of self-harm to the community. The events will be held around the powerful images, including a talk and discussion with the artist on Monday 13th May to hear what inspired her to create them, and from her daughter Ellie about her own journey of recovery from mental ill health.

“As a parent of a teenage daughter, who has grappled with mental health issues for a number of years, I have experienced first-hand the pain and trauma that self-harm causes to both the sufferer and their families,” Jude Wacks said. “Throughout my personal experience and exposure to adolescent mental health issues during secondary school years, I began to realise how wide spread self-harm has become, but yet still very much a taboo. Through my photography project, Best Days Of Your Life, I hope to raise awareness of this and provide a platform for open dialogue and education and prevention.”

Discussion groups on Understanding Self-Harm (7th May) and Social Media and Self-Harm (21st May) will also be running. Our fabulous menu of food and drinks will be available throughout.

Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May 2019. The photography exhibition will be available to view throughout May during café opening hours.

For more information on all these events click here.