Moving more for our mental health - Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 - Camden Rise

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Moving more for our mental health - Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

Paddlesport at The Pirate Castle in Camden is one of the many ways for young people to get active and boost their mental wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 takes place from 13 to 19 May, on the theme of 'Movement: Moving more for our mental health'.

Movement is important for our mental health. But so many of us struggle to move enough. There's lots of ways for young people to get active in Camden:

  • Find sports and physical activities for children and young people - including free and low-cost activities for all ages - on the Camden website
  • Girls Get Moving is an opportunity for girls aged 8 to 14 to get active in a safe place, socialise and develop new skills and most of all to have fun whilst taking part in their favourite activities. The range of free activities on offer includes trampolining, football, mini-tennis, table tennis, badminton, fun games and much more. It’s taking place during half-term week at Talacre Community Sports Centre, Dalby Street, NW5 3AF, on Thursday 30 May from 4pm to 6pm. Participants need to complete this online form to register by Friday 24 May. For more information please email jenny.mungroo@camden.gov.uk  
  • Children and young people's paddlesport activities at the Pirate Castle during term-time and school holidays
  • Kooth's Mental Health Awareness Week activities and helpful tips to moving more
  • icandance is a creative, therapeutic community that celebrates and empowers disabled children and young people, aged four to 25, through dance and performance. Find out more here.

Other ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing or find support:

  • Find youth and play activities near you
  • Children and young people's activities on Hampstead Heath
  • Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online wellbeing and mental health support for young people aged 11 to 18
  • Brandon Centre is a place for young people in Camden aged under 25 to get help with personal challenges from people who are professionally trained. The counselling and psychotherapy service is free and confidential
  • Every Mind Matters gives helpful tips to support children and young people to stay mentally healthy
  • Young Minds provides young people with tools to look after their mental health and empower parents, and adults who work with young people, to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives
  • Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service
  • NCL Waiting Room is a new NHS website, packed with emotional wellbeing and mental health information and resources, which aims to help young people and families, as well as professionals working with them, to find support. NCL Waiting Room aims to be a 'one-stop shop' for information on mental health services, community groups, emotional wellbeing and self-care resources. It allows young people and their parents or carers to search for, filter and share resources based on their needs and preferences.