Mental Health Awareness Week – 15th to the 21st May 2023


Mental Health Awareness Week starts today. Join and spread the word about anxiety and what things can help.

Read more about why anxiety is this year’s theme here.

Find out how to get involved, download resources and read tips about how to cope with feelings of anxiety here.

Islington local organisations are running activities listed below which can help manage your stress and anxiety.


  1. Loss and Bereavement Awareness training

This webinar will help you feel more confident speaking to people experiencing bereavement, including signposting to relevant support. The course is open to anyone working or volunteering in the statutory, voluntary or community sectors in Islington or Camden.

Monday 15 May, 12.30pm – 1.45pm

If you can’t make the training, visit Cruse Bereavement Support to register for future bereavement awareness training. Cruse Bereavement Support website has useful tips when talking to a bereaved person.


2. Mother of Stories Poetry Taster workshop

Tuesday 16th May – 1:30 – 5pm.

To join the workshop, email

More information found here


3. Mindfulness course

Zoom course: 6 June–1 August (every Tuesday), 10.30am–12noon

In-person course: 14 June–9 August (every Wednesday), 3–5pm or 6–8pm

The Stress Project, Holloway Neighbourhood Group, 2 Shelburne Road, N7 6DL

Mindfulness classes that are clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

To book your place, call 0207 700 3938. For more information, check out the Stress Project website.


4. The Stress Project wellbeing group

Every Tuesday, 10.30am–12noon

The Stress Project, Holloway Neighbourhood Group, 2 Shelburne Road, N7 6DL

A relaxed space where you can meet others for refreshments and a chat. Sessions include therapeutic gardening, ear acupuncture, light yoga, creative sessions, craft and meditation.

To book your place, call 0207 700 3938.

For more information about the wellbeing group check out the Stress Project website.


5. Friday evenings at Stuart Low Trust

Every Friday, 6.30–8.45pm

Jean Stokes Community Centre, Carnoustie Drive, N1 0DX

om music and comedy to history and health, there is something for everyone at the weekly loneliness-busting community events. The Stuart Low Trust brings people living with or recovering from mental health issues together, through out-of-hours activities.

Find out about their activities on the Stuart Low Trust website.


6. Mental Health Awareness and MHFA training dates for Camden and Islington residents/staff/volunteers etc for the next couple of months have just been released. For booking links and details please visit:


7. Good Thinking anxiety support and resources

Good Thinking have created a handy communications guide containing information about anxiety, suggested copy for social channels, social media graphics and links to printable posters and flyers to help you raise awareness of the service and signpost to the range of free anxiety resources available to all those living, working and studying in London.

If you’d like any further information about Good Thinking please contact Danielle Bailey –

  • Mental Health Foundation will be publishing their report on anxiety and how to tackle it on Monday 15th May. Tips on how to manage feelings of anxiety are already on the website and they will be sharing videos throughout the week of high profile people who share their experience of anxiety and how they manage it. The official MHAW Campaign resources/toolkit produced by the Mental Health Foundation can be found here
  • Wear It Green Day – is on Thursday 18th May-  encourage others to show their support for and raise awareness for mental health by wearing green on the 18th!

8. London Arts and Health – Creativity and Wellbeing Week coincides with MHAW next week. There are lots of synergies between the two.  There is a loose theme – What is the role of creativity in a health crisis?

Please visit for more info and opportunity to promote alongside MHAW activities/events.

It would also be good to signpost to cost of living website page on Islington Council – Cost of living support | Islington Council

9. For information about the activities being hosted by Manor Gardens throughout May click here.

10. Finally, as well as this week being MHAW it’s also Dementia Action Week! Click here for more details about what’s going on in Islington.