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World Mental Health Day - 10 October

This World Mental Health Day (10 October) we are talking about ‘Young people in a changing world’.

Our young people face a lot of challenges in today’s world which affects their mental wellbeing. Half of all mental health problems begin by the age of 14. Suicide being the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds, every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, a young person dies as a result of violence.

There is much we can do! Helping young people build mental resilience from an early age is important to help prevent mental distress and illness among adolescents and young adults.

Prevention begins with listening to our young people, working together to respond to their needs as well as build life skills of children and adolescents to help them cope with everyday challenges at home and at school.

We speak to Abdul Raheem, our Young Advisor and Mental Health Ambassador about his mental health and about challenges young people face today.

Continue the conversation, take part in one of our activities below or become a Time to change mental health champion

Young people’s online service -

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our young people’s counselling online service for 11 to 18 year olds. If you need some help or advice around how you are feeling, relationship, stress or if you just need someone to talk to simply visit, to read one of our articles produced by young people or to talk to one of our counsellors.

Activities in the borough for World Mental Health Day


Date & time


Details/ Link

6 a six a-side  tournament

Thursday, 4 Oct

1.30pm to 4pm

Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road
Leyton, E10 5JY

All welcome,


See flyer

Time to Change Waltham Forest Lounge

Wednesday 10 October

11am to 3pm

The Mall, Opp Pret a manger, Selbourne walk

Our champions  will speak to members of the public about their experience with mental ill health in our cosy lounge in the Shopping Mall. Light refreshments will be provided.


Railwayline Historic walk

Friday 12 October

10.30am to 3pm

Meet outside central library, Walthamstow

Meet outside Central Library Walthamstow at 10.30am, to Finsbury park by train. Leave Finsbury park by 11.30am for a historic walk along a disused railway line.  Return to Walthamstow central by 3pm


Leyton Orient match day

Saturday, 13 October

2pm to 5.45pm

Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road
Leyton, E10 5JY

Free tickets available for carers, friends and family of people with dementia

Dementia friendly training will be available for staff before game starts


Services and activities in Waltham Forest to promote better mental health

In Waltham Forest there are various activities and services which will enable you thrive and maintain good mental health ranging from sports to talking therapies.

  • Kooth offer online counselling service for young people, aged 11 to 18, as well as articles around emotional wellbeing.   The service is open: • 7 days per week, 365 days a year; • noon until 10pm weekdays; • 6pm until 10pm on Saturday and Sundays.
  • Become a Time to Change mental health champion- Champions will be trained, supported and funded to facilitate conversations around mental health in the community
  • Talking Therapies offer psychological support for people experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. 
  • Samaritans phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for those who need someone to talk to about their problems. You can call their free line on 116 123.
  • Our Parks offer various activities every day for free in Waltham Forest, such as Dance Fit, Pilates, Social Sport, Yoga and more.
  • Coping Through Football, a project delivered in partnership by Leyton Orient Trust , LPFF and NELFT, offers football activities to young people and adults experiencing  mental health difficulties.
  • Enjoy Waltham Forest have various walks, cycling and football events for the family throughout the year

Visit council's mental health website for more information.

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