11 May 2018

The 14 May marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week, a time to encourage conversations around mental health. For one week in May, people from all over the world come together to celebrate mental health awareness.  

Every year, the Mental Health Foundation campaigns around a specific topic- this year’s theme focuses on stress which has been linked to mental health problems. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. We will look at how we can tackle stress and help improve our mental health.

Stress is a feeling of being under abnormal pressure. This pressure can come from different aspects of your day to day life. Such as an increased workload, a transitional period, an argument you have with your family or new and existing financial worries. You may find that it has a cumulative effect, with each stressor building on top of one another. Stress affects us in a number of ways, both physically and emotionally and in varying intensities.

Six steps to help protect yourself from stress

  1. Eat healthily
  2. Be aware of smoking and drinking alcohol
  3. Exercise
  4. Take time out
  5. Be mindful
  6. Get some restful sleep


Join one of our event during Mental Health Awareness Week

 The Trust is joining people across the UK to mark this week. Get involved in the conversation and join us at one of our events across East London, Luton and Bedfordshire from

Recovery College 

Invites you to attend an event ‘Stress, are we coping?’ with guest speaker domestic violence survivor Alex Skeel.

Venue: 3 Woburn Road, Bedford MK40 1EG

Date: Tuesday 15th May, 10.00am – 4.00pm 

Venue: Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JH – Sat Nav SG18 0NE

Date:  Friday 18th May, 10.00am – 4.00pm

For further information contact: 01234 880340 or 01234 273894


15th May- Coffee networking morning at MIND 10-11.45. Contact Millie/ Deniece to book a stall. Will be a talk by the new Total Wellbeing service too.

16th May- Music 24- evening event.

17th May

Walk and Talk with Penrose at Stockwood park

Our Minds Matter- promotion faith groups/ schools


The theme this year is Stress:

Monday 14th- Mindful sports at the Higgins

Tuesday 15th – Recovery college event at the Well Being centre- see flyer- looking for stalls; open mike sessions to promote teams/ partners; key note speaker

Tuesday 15th- Our Minds Matter- will be at Queens park medical centre to talk to families

Tuesday 15th - CAMHS Film Showcase- A selection of films made by young people and staff will be screened at Bedford Vue Cinema on 16 May from 5pm. This will be followed by a Q&Q panel made up of those involved in making the films who will take questions from the audience ... More info

Wednesday 16th - Bedford Library- Mindful sports; books on prescription / shelf help.

Friday 18th- Recovery college event at the Weatherly Centre, Biggleswade