New mental health champion announced for Hackney
To mark World Mental Health Day (10 October) the Mayor of Hackney has announced a new Mental Health Champion for the borough, Cllr Anna Lynch.
Cllr Lynch will support Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure, who retains overall responsibility for mental health.
Mayor Philip Glanville said: “In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever that we have an advocate for mental health in Hackney. To celebrate World Mental Health Day I am proud to announce Cllr Lynch as the borough’s Mental Health Champion.
“We have seen the effects the pandemic is having on people from all walks of life, but especially for our young people and children, so I am pleased that Cllr Lynch is supporting the national Every Mind Matters campaign to ensure young people are aware of the mental health support on offer for them locally.”
Cllr Lynch said: “I'm excited to take on this role to help promote good mental wellbeing for all Hackney residents. Coronavirus has been a big challenge for everyone's mental health this year, and I hope I can use this position to promote the help that is on offer and link up services to make sure no one falls through the net.
“On World Mental Health Day I am proud to be promoting the Every Mind Matters campaign, which will give young people the tools and advice they need to ensure mental wellbeing in the face of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.”
To mark World Mental Health Day, Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest, with partners SWIM Enterprises and Find a Balance, will be showing that a problem shared is a problem halved by inviting people to visit their Problem-Solving Booths. The booths will be at Narrow Way, Hackney, on Saturday 10 October, between 11am and 1pm.
Vanessa Morris, Chief Executive of Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest, said: “Now is a good time to focus on your mental health. You might have just been holding on to get through lockdown, but now is time to get an MoT for your mind. We can all do one thing to boost each other’s mental health, and Problem-Solving Booths are a great way to get socially connected - whilst physically distancing.”
Visit the Every Mind Matters site: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ for tips and advice for parents, carers and young people on mental wellbeing. Young residents can also visit the City and Hackney Children and Adolescent Mental Health service site for local support: cityandhackneycamhs.org.uk/.
The Mental Health Champion is a Councillor who will act as an advocate for mental health in Hackney. They will encourage positive action on the issue and engage with residents and community groups. Member Champions do not receive a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) for carrying out their role.