Haringey residents get the low down on mental health

Residents from a Haringey supported housing scheme have been channelling their inner Ronaldo and getting clued up on mental wellbeing in a week long programme of activities to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW).

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Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Victoria Road, which supports those with mental health needs, played host to a range of activities designed to encourage social interaction and get residents to think about mental health.

In addition to bowling and a number of mental health related seminars, staff organised for a psychologist from Haringey Council to visit the scheme and talk to the residents about the signs and effects of mental health and how to deal with it, whether that is through sleep, exercise or diet.

The highlight of the week was a football competition at Millwall Football Club, which saw ten different boroughs take part, with some Victoria House residents and staff representing the Borough of Haringey.

Organised by the club, in conjunction with a number of mental health trusts in London, the Haringey team, named Back in the Game, came third in the competition.

The events were organised to tie into the national awareness week’s theme of ‘Surviving vs Thriving’, and promote how exercise and talking about mental health can help a person’s wellbeing.

Local service manager Abbey Ojo said: “Our residents at Victoria Road receive personalised care tailored to their individual needs, but opportunities and events like Mental Health Awareness Week allow them to explore further what they want to achieve and it helps us see how we can provide support for them to thrive.”

For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week (8 to 14 May), visit: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

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