World Mental Health Day 2020

Perhaps now, more than ever, is the right time to take a step back and think about our own mental health. In these crazy and unforeseen circumstances it can be easy to forget about doing the things that make us happy and really taking time to take care of the mind, as well as the body! For World Mental Health Day 2020 we've put together a list of things you can do yourself, things you can get involved in, things you can listen, read and watch, and things you can just take your time to explore. Whether you're spending more time inside, or you want to venture out this weekend have a look at the list down below and see what takes your fancy.

Thrive LDN World Mental Health Day Festival

Thrive LDN are an organisation within London dedicated to improving the mental health those who both live and work in the capital city. For World Mental Health Day this year they are going virtual with a number of online events that are completely free for you to get involved in. These events range from spoken word performances, interactive live workshops and panel discussions.

If you want to get involved click here and don't forget that Thrive LDN provide support and resources for taking care of your mental health all year round!

Self Guided Walks in the City

As most of us are now spending more time inside than ever, taking care of your mental health might mean making sure you get enough fresh air and exercise. The City of London has a large selection of Self- Guided walks that you can download and do at your own pace either by yourself or with others. There's a range of topics and interests for everyone, for those who love history, nature, business and even walks more suited to those venturing out with families or small children. Just remember to check the COVID19 guidelines in the City of London which you can see here.

Click to browse the walks here.

The Art of Change Podcast Series by the Barbican

Nothing Concrete is the podcast series belonging to arts centre, conservatory and brutalist architectural wonder The Barbican. Journalist and presenter Chris Gunness teams up with Stephen Fry for four episodes of their mini series, The Art of Change, featuring artists and performers who are passionate about changing the world. Over these four short episodes Stephen and Chris discuss mental health in the creative industry and in everyday life. Musing on Stephens own struggle with mental illness, the idea of identity, societal values and Stephens attachment to Beethoven.

The episodes are roughly 20-30 minutes long and are available on most streaming platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Acast.

You can listen to the first episode here.

London Symphony Orchestra Chill Playlist

Fill your home, or your headphones, with soothing music to help you relax on World Mental Health Day. London Symphony Orchestra has a series of 'Live Playlists' which you can listen to at any time straight from the archives to your speaker. Their chill playlist is a relaxing mix of classical music available on both Spotify and iTunes, designed to help you relax and unwind.

You can listen to the chill playlist here.

Our City Together Creative Challenges

Taking care of your mental health isn't always about relaxing, sometimes you need to do! We've currently got 17 creative challenges which can help you do just that. They've been coming out every week, but feel free to take your pick and make whatever feels right. All of the challenges provide sufficient inspiration and guidance for you to make something great and enrich the mind whilst you do it. If you do make something, don't forget to show us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtags #ourcitytogether #creativecity

Browse the creative challenges here.

Virtual Tours

Many historical and outdoor sites are currently closed, but that doesn't mean you can't explore this weekend and learn something new! In keeping with the theme of online events that you can view from home, you can take a virtual tour of Keats House, Billingsgate Roman House and Baths and the London Police Museum.