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Many of our services revolve around improving the physical and mental wellbeing of people in our community. There is still a real stigma around mental health which we have been working towards breaking down through our Wellbeing Service. We work with volunteers to change people’s minds about mental health by opening up dialogues with the public and raising awareness of how to improve our mental and physical wellbeing.

Our new Wellbeing Service launched on 1st July 2016 and aims to reach out to all the communities in Islington, North London to raise awareness around mental health and to ensure that people who need help can find their way to the best support. We’ll be doing this by recruiting a range of Mental Health Champions from our diverse communities, people who come from all walks of life but who want to break down the taboos.

Our Mental Health Champions promote positive mental wellbeing. This means we actively share our own experiences of mental health issues, encourage others to talk about how they are feeling and share tips for how to cope with day-to-day life.

How do I become a Champion?

You can get involved in different ways such as:

  • Helping colleagues, friends and family by spotting the early signs of mental illness and supporting them
  • Volunteering to attend or put on events and set up information stalls
  • Distributing leaflets and putting up posters
  • Giving mental health myth busting talks
  • Holding workshops around ways to promote wellbeing
  • Changing policies in your workplace to raise awareness
  • Organising wellbeing events

Who can be a Champion?

We want to recruit Champions from a wide range of backgrounds, representing all our local communities. We realise that people have differing amounts of time to offer and will be recruiting three levels of Champion:

Mental Health Champion Volunteer – you’ll have the time and inclination to go out to events on a regular basis to spread the word, involve new people and meet organisations

Workplace Mental Health Champion – you’ll promote mental wellbeing in your workplace and recruit more Champions

Community Mental Health Champion – you’ll help spread the word by putting leaflets in shops, cafes, hairdressers and in your community and attend occasional events.

All Champions will have the opportunity to take part in the free Mental Health First Aid training course run by Rethink. The course teaches you how to recognise the signs and symptoms of those affected by mental health problems and give you the practical skills to help.

There will also be regular feedback sessions with the Manor Gardens team and an opportunity to help shape the service.

If you’re interested in becoming a Mental Health Champion please fill in the form below. It’s a really worthwhile opportunity to meet people in the area and make a real difference to the wellbeing of many people.

Read more about our work here.

Want to know more about mental health?

We aim to help people look after their mental health. We’ve brought together some information to help you find out more about mental wellbeing and how to promote it.

If you would like to get involved with the Champions project or have any questions please get in touch with us on 020 7561 5291 or email wellbeing@manorgardenscentre.org.