From 14-18 May, The Mall took part in Mental Health Awareness Week. Focusing on stress, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, a week long programme of activity was aimed to engage and support staff and customers, break down stigma and encourage conversation. Partnerships with local charities and organisations helped raise awareness and offer direction in finding further support.
What was going on?
The Mall's mindful colour in
Building on the mindful colouring trend, colouring sheets and crayons were available at the Info Desk to encourage shoppers of all ages to take 5 minutes out and focus on the present moment. The colouring in process is similar to meditation and can help to relieve anxiety and combat stress.
#MallCribbsIsHereForYou sharing wall
Taking inspiration from Instagram’s #HereForYou campaign, and the success of the Bristol Fashion Week ‘Wall of Diversity’, The Mall created a wall where shoppers were invited to anonymously share their own experiences with stress and mental health. The aim was to break down stigma and offer a cathartic experience for those sharing, and comfort and encouragement for those reading the messages. For those who were happy to then share their messages on Instagram, the hashtag was #MallCribbsIsHereForYou. The wall was situated on the upper level of The Mall.
The Mall Train
The Mall train was run throughout the week and proceeds went to the Mental Health Foundation.
Charity and local organisation takeovers
The Mall worked with various local organisations who were on site throughout the week to discuss ways in which they can support and work with people who are affected by issues raised by mental health.
- Monday 14 May and Tuesday 15 May - South Gloucestershire & Stroud College who were sharing information on the courses that they offer and who also support local business with on-site resilience courses,
- Wednesday 16 May - Changes Bristol, a local mental health charity that provide weekly mutual peer support meetings for those in mental distress. On this particular day they were on site offering 10 minute massage therapy to shoppers in exchange for a donation to the charity.
- Thursday 17 May - Off the Record Bristol, a mental health social movement by and for young people
- Friday 18 May - Bristol Mind, their aims are to promote a positive view of mental health and provide services that are accessible, relevant and empowering to the people using them. The services aim was to contribute to mental and emotional wellbeing and to reduce stigma and discrimination.