We’re supporting Mental Health Awareness Week!

Events — We’re supporting Mental Health Awareness Week!

13/05/2019 until 19/05/2019

This year’s Mental Health Awareness theme, as decided by the Mental Health Foundation, is how we think and feel about our bodies.

During the week, the foundation will be releasing new research detailing some of the reasons why our body image can impact the way that we feel. They will also be campaigning for change and publishing practical tools. Recent YMCA Research also reveals that 34% of teenage boys and 49% of teenage girls had been on a diet in an effort to change their body shape. An issue that was previously seen as one primarily affecting girls has now been shown to be a problem for both genders.

A growing preoccupation with body image is a recurring theme of the digital age. Some claim that the popularity of selfies and posting photos onto social media has created a generation obsessed with their looks.

With this in mind, we are inviting YOU to join us at The Friary Guildford during Mental Health Awareness Week for a range of activities tailored on body image.

Workshop with Juliette Burton – Friday 17th May

We have engaged with Juliette Burton, a professional speaker who specialises in Body Image and Social Media topics. Juliette has sold out runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2018 she was listed as Sunday Times Culture Pick, The Times Best of Edinburgh Festivals 2018 and The Telegraph Top 25 Rising Stars of Edinburgh Fringe. Juliette has contributed to Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack and the BBC News. She will be hosting talks/seminars for students from local Guildford schools in order to provide thought-provoking, unique, supportive and inspirational messages while being open about mental health issues & body confidence.

Body Image Day – Saturday 18th May

In partnership with Calm Curious, a Guildford-based mindfulness and wellbeing organization, The Friary Guildford will be looking to support people in increasing happiness and overcoming negative thinking about body image.

Join us on Saturday 18th May between 10am and 5:15pm for a programme of FREE taster sessions designed to boost body and mind. All sessions will be held in an empty unit next to Shakeaway. See the schedule below:

FIND YOUR INNER GODDESS
Ginny is a photographer who will help you to look amazing and find your inner goddess using photography.

SOOTHE TIRED MUSCLES AND GAIN MORE ENERGY
Tanya is a sports massage therapist and running coach. She will show you how to join your physical body and mental health. Short massage sessions will be provided during the day and tips on how to start or improve your running.

BE MORE CONFIDENT IN YOUR BODY
Margarita is the Chief Happifier and will empower you to change your outlook on the world. Be happier. Be more confident. Be calmer. Be more awesome! Learn how to work with your body and use simple techniques to overcome low self-esteem.

ADD JEWELLERY FOR THAT PERFECT LOOK
Poppy is a local artist, creating unique jewellery with the energy and the emotion of music. Find unusual jewellery for your independent spirit and adventurous heart.

YOGA FOR MIND AND BODY
Beccy is a yoga teacher and will help you to boost your body and mind.

TAI-CHI FOR MIND AND BODY
Luke is a Tai-chi instructor. Harmonise your mind, body and spirit with gentle movements.

HEALTHY FOOD FOR GOOD MOOD
Fran, a functional health coach, will show you how a balanced diet can improve your mood.

10:00 -10:45 Yoga session with Beccy
11:00 – 11:45 Body Confidence session with Margarita
12:30 – 13:15 Tai-Chi & Qigong session with Luke
13:30 – 14:15 Body Confidence session with Margarita
14:30 – 15:15 How food impacts your mood with Fran
15:30 – 16:15 Tai-Chi & Qigong session with Luke
16:30 – 17:15 Body Confidence session with Margarita

TO BOOK YOUR SPACE, PLEASE CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK: https://calmcurious.com/body-image/

#FriaryNoFilter – Awareness Campaign – Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May

In conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation’s social campaign, #BeBodyKind, The Friary Guildford will be encouraging people of all ages to post a photo of themselves on social media with no filters applied and of a place and time when they felt comfortable in their skin. Share your pictures with us on Facebook and Instagram: @thefriaryguildford and Twitter: @TheFriaryCentre using the hashtags #FriaryNoFilter, #BeBodyKind and #OK2BU to help raise awareness of the issue.

Mental Health Foundation Green Pins – Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May

All Friary Guildford staff will be wearing green ribbon pins throughout the week to support the foundation.

We look forward to you joining us!

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