Great Mental Health Day 2023, 27 January, is a London-wide initiative in its second year and will celebrate the power of community kindness, telling the story of how we’ve come together for one another across London.
The start of a new year is a time for setting goals and seeing it as a chance for positive change or action. But for many of us, this year may be challenging or lonely, particularly as increased cost-of-living pressures have an impact on many people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Great Mental Health Day is designed to get Londoners talking about mental health, to come together as a community, support each other and encourage asking for help in difficult times and raise awareness of the great support available across London.
You can get involved by running your own coffee morning, meditation group or workshop. Check out plans that are already taking shape for what promises to be an action-packed day, at Thrive London.
Share the plans you have through the campaign’s interactive map on Thrive LDN’s website or using the hashtag #GreatMentalHealth to share stories, experiences and plans for the day across all social media platforms. You can also check out the interactive map to see what’s happening in your area that you can join in with.
Cabinet member for healthy lives, Cllr Josh Blacker said: “As a Council we are committed to treating physical and mental health equally, and that anyone on the edge of mental crisis, suffering from loneliness or still recovering from the impact of pandemic lockdowns has the support they need.
“We’re pleased to be supporting Great Mental Health Day alongside our promise to establish a new community based support network, that tackles social isolation, improves mental health resilience and strengthens community connections.”
Alongside local activities, Londoners can join a selection of online webinars and workshops, from an introductory session on radical self-care to a Japanese flower arranging workshop. As well as a webinar from Good Thinking, London’s digital wellbeing service, outlining three simple steps to help you support others.
Dan Barrett, Thrive LDN director, said: “We’re delighted to be facilitating Great Mental Health Day again across London. When times are tough, it’s important that we look after our own and each other’s wellbeing. Reaching out to someone we trust is one of the most important things we can do to keep mentally well.
“Great Mental Health Day is a fantastic opportunity for Londoners to come together and at the same time learn more about the great local initiatives and support services that are available, right across London.”
For more details about the day visit Thrive LDN’s website or search ‘Great Mental Health Day London’.