World Wellbeing Week starts on Monday 21 June, it is a week to provide opportunity to promote overall positive social, physical, emotional, financial, career, community and environmental wellbeing.

The last year has been difficult and challenging for most people, with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting individuals mental health and wellbeing. During World Wellbeing Week there is a range of virtual events and activities taking place.

Take a look below, details are also on our wellbeing calendar - events are available for NHS staff only across North West London and hosted by CNWL.


Reflective Practice – Monday 21 June 10.30am - 11am

Reflective practice is so valuable for teams so they can have a safe space to share stories and learn from their experiences. We are working to develop more trained reflective practice facilitators and create more spaces for these important conversations. In this session Anna Maratos, one of the reflective practice project leads, will explain more about the vision and how to get involved. We encourage anyone interested in running reflective practice sessions or just interested in finding out more to join this informative session.

Join on Zoom

Meeting ID: 958 7435 7585

Passcode: 836364

Managing Anxiety – Tuesday 22 June, 11am to 12pm

Hosted by Annabel Butcher. Following a short film on CNWL staff experiences, Dr Simon Michaelson will give a presentation on stress and anxiety with an opportunity for questions and discussion afterwards.  

Join on Zoom

Meeting ID: 833 7959 1612

Passcode: xrk73r

'The Hero/Heroine's Journey : Realising our true potential through a leap into the unknown – Wednesday 23 June, 11am to 11.30am

In this talk NHS mindfulness practitioner Peter Helmer will reflect with the group on how the recent pandemic has plunged so many NHS staff into that unknown; and thereby many into their own epic story and how for some this may have unlocked potential and strengths they had been unaware of before. He will also relate this to the practice of mindfulness and how the internal journey is also where we face our fears in order to include and ultimately transcend them.

Join on Zoom

Meeting ID: 927 3203 2007

Passcode: 099973

Wellbeing in a time of loss and bereavement - Thursday 24 June 9.30am to 10.30am

Dr Ryan Kemp is a clinical psychologist and Director of Therapies in CNWL.

Dr Ruben Seetharamdoo is a health coach, author, speaker, nurse and CNWL manager. Ruben is also the author of two books on health and wellbeing.

Together they will host an hour long virtual session with a focus on wellbeing in a time of loss bereavement.

What will be covered:

  • Why do we suffer so much when we lose loved ones.
  • How to grieve authentically.
  • How to reimagine loss and suffering so as not to be overwhelmed.
  • What are the 51/2 ways to well-being ?
  • How to increase your resilience  factor using  the 51/2 ways to well-being ?
  • Learn a 5 minute chair yoga routine to help to release tensions, ease fatigue and help with digital eye strain.
  • Learn  how to easily create a state of coherence in about 60 seconds by releasing stress and stopping draining emotions such as frustration, irritation, anxiety and anger using the  Quick Coherence® technique.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 927 3543 6953

Passcode: 405854

Register in advance workshops

These creative workshops require registration in advance so the trainer knows the number of people planning to attend. Please register on Eventbrite and the zoom link will be sent to those who sign up.


Creating a Fictional Story on Tuesday 22 June, 1pm to 2pm

During this week of wellbeing and storytelling, Laura Knight Dramatherapist and KCW Joint Lead Arts Psychotherapist will lead a workshop in creating your own short fictional story using a creative therapeutic technique of the 6 part story making technique.

During this workshop we’ll create a short story from scratch.

Please have a piece of paper and something to draw with, though please be re-assure no artistic expertise is required!

Book on Eventbrite here

Darning workshop with textile artist Angela Maddock, Wednesday 23 June 1pm to 2pm 

Angela Maddock is a thread based artist who works with and through the literal and metaphoric language of textile practice. Join Angela in conversation with Laura Knight, CNWL KCW Joint Lead for Arts Psychotherapies, as they discuss methods of repair and kindness, while Angela shares techniques to extend the life of your favourite clothes. The workshop shares practices of repair to extend the life of the fabric and build value and belonging in old clothes. You will learn how to darn a pair of socks.

Please bring:

  • a worn pair of socks
  • knitting yarn that is similar in thickness to the yarn of the socks (a different colour is fine!)
  • a sewing needle with a large eye, big enough for the yarn 
  • a darning mushroom, if you have one. A potato, stone, apple or orange will do fine.

Book on Eventbrite here

'The Things We Carry' poetry workshop with Maria Ferguson - Thursday 24 June, 1pm to 2pm

Join poet and theatre-maker Maria for an hour-long creative writing workshop to clear the mind and explore your creative potential.  Whether you're a keen writer or an absolute beginner, this workshop will help you to understand and appreciate the physical, metaphorical and emotional things we carry through our lives and how they shape who we are.

More about Maria here 

Book on Eventbrite here

Bereavement Storytelling Workshop (Hayden) – Thursday 24 June 10am to 11.30am

Nine Nights - A Workshop Exploring Some Shared Narratives Of Grief

"Food" can be a common theme in many cultural grieving processes.

Using story, this is an invitation to pause, reflect and share our narratives.

While this will not be a therapy group, it is hoped that the material might encourage you to explore "nourishment" as part of your future journey with Grief, in a manner that's right for you.

Book on Eventbrite here


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