- Take part in the Plant Lovers Walk happening in Lloyds Park
- Go out for a walk, jog or cycle in nature reserves in and around Waltham Forest
- Take up gardening, site seeing or fishing in Walthamstow Wetlands, London Wildlife Trust
- Take notice of the varying colours of nature
- Smell the scent of flowers and surrounding
- Listen to the birds sing.
Take a photo of yourself in nature and share your personal experience of the benefits with your loved ones and networks using #TakeNotice #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek (tag @wfcouncil).
Keep reading to find out more about activities in Waltham Forest to take care of your mental health, Nature reserves in Waltham Forest and resources for parents and young people.
Waltham Forest has been blessed with amazing sceneries and large acres of beautiful nature and green spaces that draws in visitors from across London and the UK. Here are a few MUST SEE sites:
Local Activities and Resources Launching in May to Support Mental Health Click to get info
- Our 5 ways to wellbeing page gives a list of local resources in Waltham Forest that supports wellbeing such as resources relating to physical activities, social connections, learning, mindfulness and volunteering opportunities in Waltham Forest
- FREE Plant Lovers Walk - Join plant lovers to walk and learn about plants in Lloyds Park
- Cycling Events and Resources
- All Abilities Cycling Club
- Community Cycle Loans
- Dr Bike- Free Bike Repairs/ Maintainance
- Navig8 App- App to help signpost to services and resources in Waltham Forest will be launched in May.
- New Befriending Service- A Befriending service for residents aged 18 to 59 years, who feel isolated from family and friends is currently being piloted and will be launching in June. More information will be available on the council website. Contact: Dianne.Andrews@walthamforest.gov.uk
Resources for parents and young people can be found on the next dropdown.
Resources for Parents and Young People Click to get info
Recent research indicates that the pandemic has had a negative impact on the mental health of young people- in 2020, one in six (16.0%) children aged 5 to 16 years were identified as having a mental disorder, increasing from one in nine (10.8%) in 2017. The increase was evident in both boys and girls.
For Mental Health Awareness Week we will like to encourage schools, and organisations that work with young people and parents to support young people to look after their mental wellbeing.
- Take part in and promote the 5 ways to wellbeing campaign - Encourage young people to look after their health by taking part in 5 Ways to wellbeing - 5 actions that have been shown by research to support people’s wellbeing and help
- Encourage young people to Connect with Nature for their wellbeing– use the Resource pack provided below to raise awareness.
- Download Schools Pack (PDF, 18MB)
- Download Guide for Pupils (PDF, 16MB)
- Download Guide for Staff (PDF, 11MB)
- Download Guide for Parents and Caregivers (PDF, 18MB)
- Download Connect with Nature Assembly (PowerPoint, 9MB)
- Download Connect with Nature Lesson (PowerPoint, 3MB)
- Kooth - offer online counselling and advice to young people (11-19) who are feeling low or anxious. around wellbeing and mental health. Young people can access self-help articles, counselling and moderated forums through the service
- PAPYRUS (young suicide prevention society) offer help online to young people feeling suicidal or fed up of life
Resources for Parents
Our Children and Family Centres (CFC) offer services where you can enjoy activities and receive any needed support for families with young children.
Waltham Forest Family Handbook is for parents and families in Waltham Forest to access support for families over the COVID 19 pandemic
Government’s Mental Health Guidance for Parents and carers guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Waltham Forest’s 5 ways to wellbeing page lists a range of FREE activities to support wellbeing ranging from cycling, cooking classes, events, and support for new start up
- Suntrap-at-home offer fun and educational ideas you can do with your children safely at home or in your local green space with a focus on nature and the environment