Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing has always been an important pillar of our work here in our Quarter community, and never has there been a more critical time to focus on our mental and physical wellbeing. Our long-running programme wellbeing and mental health events can be accessed anywhere, whether you’re working from the office or home.

We’re lucky at BakerStreetQ to have many businesses who share our passion for mental and physical wellbeing, and as well as our events listed below we’ve rounded up a few top tips and online resources for you to use and share with colleagues. We are always working to keep the Quarter’s community connected so please do get in touch if you are a local business and would like to get involved with our online programme, or if you would just like a chat.

Want to be first to hear about and sign up for new events? Make sure you’re signed up to our weekly newsletter, or for other events that will help you take time for yourself, such as our virtual walks, have a look at our free Events programme.

  • Mental Health First Aid Course

    Tuesday 5 - Thursday 7 October

    Mental Health First Aid Course

    This online course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

    • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
    • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
    • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
    • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
    • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

    This course is delivered online and is made up of individual learning activities and a series of four live instructor-led sessions. Individual learning will be based on a combination of videos, workbook activities and reading. This can be completed at your own pace in advance of each live session. The live sessions are led by an approved MHFA England Instructor and are interactive, involving presentation of slides, video clips, activities, discussion and case studies, which you will explore as a group to embed learning. Please see the timings of the live sessions below:

    • Before the live sessions begin you will need to do some set up online and some pre learning which will take 1 hour
    • Live session 1: 9:00am – 11.30am Tuesday 5 October 2021 + 2 hour home learning
    • Live session 2: 9:00am – 11.30am Wednesday 6 October 2021 + 2 hour home learning
    • Live session 3: 9:00am – 11.30am Thursday 7 October 2021 + 2 hour home learning
    • Live session 4: 2:00pm – 4.00pm Thursday 7 October 2021

    If you have any questions about the course content or to book email us

  • Understanding and Managing Stress

    Tuesday 28 September 10.00 – 11.00 Virtual Event

    Understanding and Managing Stress

    Join leading expert Steph Peltier to gain a deeper understanding of stress and learn strategies to promote greater calm and wellbeing. These times of uncertainty are understandably having a significant impact on our day to day lives and ways of working. Trying to adapt to the changes and new pressures can increase feelings of stress as we struggle to find the right balance between work and all the other things we do.

    However, much can be done not only to alleviate stress, but also to build abilities and skills that support our overall wellbeing. This session examines the concept of stress, explains the science of what happens in our brain and body, and how stress impacts how we think, feel and behave. It explores ways to build clarity and good self-care habits, to bring back stability and structure, and minimise unnecessary pressure.

    You will leave the session with a practical toolkit of ways to dial down the pressure, adapt more easily to the way things are, and support each other in staying cool, calm and connected. This session is delivered by Steph Peltier. Steph is an expert in the Science of Happiness and a certified Mindfulness and Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT) coach. Her empathetic yet pragmatic approach is heavily grounded in science and her suggestions can easily be integrated
    into our busy lives.

    Book here 

  • Exclusive TfL Member Briefing

    Thursday 30 September 15.00 - 16.00 Virtual Event

    Exclusive TfL Member Briefing

    We are aware that for some, using public transport is causing Covid-related concerns. To support those feeling concerned and businesses wanting to help their staff we have therefore arranged an exclusive member briefing event with Transport for London’s Managing Director for Customers, Communication and Technology, Vernon Everitt to help reassure you and put your mind at rest.

    The session will feature details of all the measures TfL have put in place to keep passengers safe and will provide lots of new advice and information to help you get back to travelling care-free. This includes covering TfL’s continued enhanced cleaning regime, ongoing independent testing of the transport network by Imperial College London, the new TfL Go app, and an insight into current travel trends to support yourself, staff and customers.

    We really encourage all members to join us for this hour-long session. This webinar is an opportunity to engage directly with Vernon and questions will be strongly encouraged.

    Book here

  • Embracing Difference

    Tuesday 5 October 14.00 - 15.00 Virtual Event

    Embracing Difference

    Join leading expert Steph Peltier to learn strategies to embrace differences in order to grow together. Our brain naturally motivates us to connect with others and rewards us when we do. This is the result of thousands of years of evolution because it is these connections that allowed us, humans, to survive, to create and to thrive. In this session, it will be discussed how our brain constantly tries to prevent us from engaging with change, novelty and difference and tips us into an “avoidant” motivation system as soon as we do.
    Steph will introduce the “Approach” motivation system that is based on acceptance and curiosity and explain how this is beneficial for individuals as much as it is for businesses. Curiosity is a trait of character that we can cultivate and grow for ourselves but that we can also try to foster in our teams. She will share the latest pieces of research and a few tips to foster the desire to engage with the unfamiliar, to get out of our comfort zone and to embrace differences in order to
    grow together.
    This session is delivered by Steph Peltier. Steph is an expert in the Science of Happiness and a certified Mindfulness and Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT) coach. Her empathetic yet pragmatic approach is heavily grounded in science and her suggestions can easily be integrated into our busy lives.

    Book here 

  • Nature’s Tonic

    Tuesday 12 October 10.30 – 11.30 Virtual Event

    Nature’s Tonic

    Join Suzy Reading to learn about the science of nature and wellbeing, the benefits of nature on our mind and body, and strategies to integrate more nature into our lifestyle. This workshop explores the research into the many ways nature boosts our health and wellbeing and will deepen your self-care toolkit with practical inspiration using nature as an anchor. Scientific studies are being released every year suggesting that spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. Being connected with nature improves your mood, reduces feelings of stress and anxiety, improves your physical health as well as your creativity and confidence. As we transition to a new chapter post lockdown, nature remains the most accessible way to nourish ourselves.  A broad variety of approaches are included: mindfulness, creative, meditative and reflective practices, the  perfect tonics to soothe, recharge, process our experiences.

    Book here

  • Creative Writing Club with Laurie Bolger

    Thursday 14 October 12.30 - 13.30

    Creative Writing Club with Laurie Bolger

    The Creative Writing Club is a Free Flow Creative Writing hour with writer Laurie Bolger.

    This session is about letting your creativity lead the way, generating new and exciting writing in your own unique style. During this 60 minute workshop Laurie will take you through fast paced writing exercises to boost mindfulness. All you need is a pen and paper and somewhere chilled to sit and let your imagination do it’s thing.

    Laurie Bolger is a London based writer currently touring her debut poetry collection ‘Box Rooms.’ Her work has featured at Glastonbury Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, for Sky Arts, various BBC platforms and for TATE. Laurie has been running creative writing workshops for the past decade allowing people to celebrate their own unique voices and individuality.

    Book here 

  • Work From Home Tips

    Work From Home Tips

    MIND – has a variety of resources on how you can help your colleagues and yourself during coronavirus whilst working at home.

    Available online

    West1 Physio – We teamed up with leading local physiotherapist and BakerStreetQ member West1 Physio for tips on how to stay fit when you’re working at home and how to set up your work space .

    Available online

    Mental Health Foundation – Whether you’re back at the workplace or working from home, the Mental Health Foundation has put together helpful advice on how to look after your mental health during this period of uncertainty.

    Available online