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News Archive March 2019

Fiona and Jo arrive at Santiago

After a gruelling 11-day trek along the hilly Camino de Santiago, Fiona and Jo have finally arrived at the stunning Cathedral of Santiago which marks the end of the pilgrimage. Fiona and Jo arrive in Santiago 

The 100km hike was to raise funds for Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mind’s work with schools in improving children’s internet safety and the effect the web has on their mental health. The money raised by Fiona and Jo will help us to make important steps towards protecting our kids and informing the conversation around their mental wellbeing. 

Santiago charity walk for mind mental health awarenessIf you’d like to contribute to Jo and Fiona’s cause, there’s still time – just follow this link or, alternatively, you can leave a comment to show your support. 

From everyone here at Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mind, a big well done to Jo and Fiona! 

Author: Tabatha Mac
Posted on: 23rd March 2019


The end is in sight for our walkers

Wednesday was a big day for Fiona and Jo who had to cover 19km in 20 degree heat to get to their next stop off point. Although, as Fiona says, the route has been “breathtaking, in more ways than one!” as they’ve been crossing some truly stunning countryside and farmland, as well as beautiful hJo and Fiona santiago walk hammersmith and fulham mindistorical sites such as the medieval arches at Melide. santiago charity walk mind trail

The last two days of the walk are set to be less arduous, however, with ‘only’ 9km to cover each day. Walking at a pace of about 3km per hour, Fiona estimates that (with breaks) this should take the pair around 3 ½ hours.

With the end goal now so near in sight, we’re sending Fiona and Jo extra strength for the final leg of their journey.

 

Author: Tabatha Mac
Posted on: 21st March 2019


Temperatures rise but our walkers battle on

Saturday was a difficult day for Jo and Fiona who trekked 13km, mostly uphill, in tempsantiago camino mind charity wqalk fiona joeratures of 21 degrees and above! Plenty of their fellow pilgrims decided to take snoozes in the long grass to escape the midday sun.

Sunday was less eventful – and decidedly less sunny – with grey skies and drizzle plaguing the route. For much of the day, Jo and Fiona were stuck in cabins outside the small, scenic town of Palas de Rei, waiting for the weather to clear.

The pair now have 4 days and 52km to go to reach their 100km goal for helping to improve kid’s internet safety. We wish them all the best!

For some more information on the current discussion around internet usage and children’s mental health, check out this article.

Author: Tabatha Mac
Posted on: 18th March 2019


Artful Mind Holistic Wellbeing Evening

Last week, Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mind were proud to be involved with an event hosted by Artful Mind in White City called ‘Together we are stronger’.  

The evening, which was devoted to holistic wellbeing and mental health, was a social enterprise project with £2 of each ticket sale going to local charities – HF Mind being one of them. Some free tickets were also given to local residents of Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow to promote diversity and inclusion. 

The goal of the evening was simple: to create a dialogue to remove the stigma around mental health and well-being, and to educate on how to achieve a better work-life balance. As Artful put it – “Only you can take priority for you!” speaker mind white city mental health

In their promotion for the event, they wrote “When mental health and poor wellbeing effects 1 in 4 people every year, more needs to be done to raise the profile, but also give practical solutions that can prevent or aid recovery. 

We believe that the approach to tackling this problem needs to be holistic. Together we explore practical solutions for empowering positive mental health and wellbeing, as a complete package. Mind. Body. Soul.” 

With this in mind, the evening was divided into three segments: Mind, Body and Soul. The first focus began with a talk on mindfulness from keynote speaker Dr Julia Jones PhD, followed by a discussion on physical wellbeing frcharity evening mind hammersmith and fulhamom nutritionist and self-care expert Dr Gemma Newman GP. Madeline McQueen then gave an insightful look into confidence building, which included a number of creative therapy activities and an atmosphere of open dialogue. 

In addition to the talks, there were a number of stalls including everything from creating your own smoothie via peddle power to free self-care treatments like massages and manicures. mind charity evening artful mind

HF Mind also had a stand there to provide resources around Mental Health and signpost to local services. 

This was a great event that gave an in-depth look into how the stresses of modern life can contribute to triggering mental health problems and providing holistic and practical solutions. Many thanks to everyone who went!

Author: Tabatha Mac
Posted on: 17th March 2019


Santiago Charity Walk – An Update

Fiona and Jo are now well into their 110km trek from Sairra to Santiago de Compostela which they hope to have completed by 22 March.

The walk, which is in support of kid’s internet safety, has started off well with the making of a new friend – a large dog they met on the way!

The first full day along Camino de Santiago (also known as the famous pilgrimage of Compostela – the route leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago) started out misty before the midday sun began to shine. After 12km – and a 4km wrong turn! – through farmlands, the pair arrived at a beautiful little stone house for an overnight BnB.

The pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela cathedral (where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried) is one of the most famous in the world, and many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth.

Author: Tabatha Mac
Posted on: 15th March 2019


The Journey Begins

Friends of Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mind, Jo and Fiona, have flown out to Spain to begin a 100k walk from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela to raise funds for a new child internet safety programme.

The project, which is part of our larger effort to help educate children and schools in preventing mental health difficulties, will look into what the effect of seeing certain images has on a young person’s sense of depression.

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With access to the internet and exposure to certain information and pictures becoming broader and harder to moderate, it’s important that we keep working to protect children from these risks. Pilot studies like this are essential for furthering our knowledge in this area and helping to educate others in web safety.

If you’d like to help Fiona and Jo in raising funds for this exciting new cause, please visit their page to donate any amount you’re able to. Also, don’t forget to keep up to date on their journey through our blog and Instagram feed.

Good luck Jo and Fiona!

Author: Tabatha Mac
Posted on: 14th March 2019


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