‘Five to Thrive’ week focuses on mental health and wellbeing

PUBLISHED: 09:16 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:16 05 October 2015

A week of free and low-cost activities like mindfulness techniques, folk dance and drama are being run to highlight how people can get their ‘Five to Thrive’ and improve their mental health and wellbeing.

The week of events in the run up to World Mental Health Day this Saturday, aims to show that regularly incorporating the five ways – being active, giving, connecting, taking notice and engaging in learning – into daily life can help to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Funded by City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group, and delivered by voluntary and community sector organisations and Hackney Council, other activities include a walk celebrating the borough’s history, a mentoring information evening with Connect Hackney and Bump Buddies, Brazilian dance and creative writing sessions in Hackney’s libraries.

The week will end with a day-long extravaganza on World Mental Health Day on Saturday October 10 hosted by mental health charity Core Arts, with music, food, demonstrations, taster sessions, yoga and mindfulness.

For a full programme

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