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NHS event to reduce stress and promote good mental health over Christmas

Evidence demonstrates that food plays an important role in the management and prevention of specific mental health problems

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) is running an event with Age UK Hounslow and West London Mental Health NHS Trust at Montague Hall on Saturday 5 December from 11am-4pm to promote good mental health in the run up to Christmas and beyond.

The local health trust is holding the event to raise awareness of the New Economics Foundation’s five ways to reduce stress – connect, be active, take notice, learn and give. With the help of key local partners including  Age UK, Adult Education Fusion Leisure Centre, and Get Active Hounslow - local residents will receive tips on reducing stress and assessing their mental and physical health, while they will also have the opportunity to speak to an NHS dietitian for dietary advice regarding food to promote good mental health.

The café at Montague Hall will be serving healthy food and providing information on healthy eating as evidence demonstrates that food plays an important role in the management and prevention of specific mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Alzheimer’s disease.

Jennifer Banks-Smith, health promotion manager at HRCH, said: “I’m proud to be holding this important event with key partners to help support good mental health and resilience for local people throughout Christmas and beyond.  Whilst Christmas and New Year can be an exciting time – it can also be stressful too. This event supplies you with local support of services from NHS, charities and London Borough of Hounslow information that can be added ding into the lives of the residents of Hounslow.

She said, “We are looking ahead so that we can fully promote local assets that support the Five Ways to Wellbeing during these this time and beyond – helping residents to develop a new outlook on life”

The NHS trust - with key partners - is also holding mental health outreach events across Hounslow throughout November and December.  Find out more by calling Halwai Payal on 020 3771 6185 or by sending an email to Payal.Halwai@HRCH.NHS.UK

Dates for mental health outreach events:

  • Friday 27 Nov: Hounslow Library11-4pm
  • Saturday 28 Nov: Feltham Cineworld 11-4pm
  • Thursday 3 Dec: West mid hospital foyer 11-4pm
  • Tuesday 8 Dec: Feltham Cineworld 11-4pm
  • Friday 11 Dec: Hounslow library 11-4pm
  • Saturday 12 Dec: Asda Feltham 11-4pm
  • Sunday 13 Dec:  Morrisons Brentford 10-4pm