I have coached clients throughout 2020 and there has been a diverse response to the pandemic, with some people experiencing a higher workload and others not enough and many reporting a multitude of symptoms from loneliness to anxiety. Annabel Jeffcoate
blink is a young, forward-thinking mental health not-for-profit organisation, with one simple vision – they want to see more people receive rapid, appropriate and effective mental health support in the UK.
In this article, I speak to Safia, blinks project manager on their work to help alleviate mental health concerns around Covid-19 and how to manage symptoms of lockdown and self isolation that may include anxiety and loneliness. Find out how blink are working to achieve these goals in many ways from health and wellbeing events and the blink bank – a bank of money created through donations and volunteered time from mental health professionals to support access to mental health treatments.
From now until Christmas, blink will be running mindfulness, poetry, yoga, art and photography workshops, with even more coming in the new year.
The workshops are free to attend and open to everyone living in Greater London. blink aim to create a virtual support network, providing people with the opportunity to meet new people online, hopefully make new friends and learn or sharpen up their wellbeing and creative skills in a safe space. Participants will be able to reach out to the trained facilitators and psychotherapists during the sessions. The aim of the workshops is to build a sense of community and support platforms for people to help alleviate and hopefully overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness that they may experience, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Register for the workshops here: https://blinkmentalhealth.org.uk/workshops
If you would like to find out more about blink you can connect with them on the various platforms below:
Sign up to their Newsletter: https://blinkmentalhealth.org.uk/sign-up
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