Mental Health Awareness Week

Staying active, both mentally and physically,is so important in these odd times. This year, Mental Health Awareness Week is from 18-24 May and we are running a number of free interactive workshops and a social event for members to help you connect – albeit virtually – with others in our community.


Date and Time Workshop Run by Where How to book
Tuesday 19 May, 6-8pm Intuitive Collage Amaya Zoom Email
Thursday 21 May, 10.30-11.30am Relaxation Mediation Maz Zoom Sign-up required via Central Tai Chi.
Friday 22 May, 6.15-6.45pm YMCA Club Member Social Adrian Zoom Links to be posted w/c 18 May on Facebook and sent out via email.

Saturday 23 May, 10.30-11.30am 

Practical tools for better mental health – Part 1 Magda Facebook Live No booking. Visit the Events tab on YMCA Club Facebook page.
Sunday 24 May, 10.30-11.30am  Practical tools for better mental health – Part 2 Magda Facebook Live No booking. Visit the Events tab on YMCA Club Facebook page.


Intuitive Collage Workshop with Amaya Roman

Tuesday 19 May, 6-8pm

Express yourself in this fun online workshop. Creating a collage is a form of therapy that quietens the mind, releases stress and supports your wellbeing.   

Amaya Roman, a Graphic Artist based in London will be leading the session. Amaya has spent the last few years exploring and delivering artistic workshops that use self-expression to support wellbeing.    

Through cutting glueing and assembling images you can create a picture that expresses your inner thoughts and feelings as she teaches you the power of creating intuitive collages as a tool for self-discovery. 

“I found that intuitive collages helped me to release uncomfortable emotions and support my wellbeing, it's a tool that I have been using with myself and with others especially during this lockdown and is has been so liberating, powerful and fun. An intuitive collage does not need to make rational sense as it opens your conscious mind to insights and new ways of looking at your life. When I create a collage, my mind gets quiet, I let my intuition choose the images and I allow myself to just play. It is very meditative.” - Amaya  

You will need:  

  • Magazines, newspapers, art catalogues (anything with images) etc.  
  • Glue.  
  • Scissors.  
  • White paper A4 or A3.  

No artistic skills are required just an open mind! 

“Amaya’s collage exercise was a really empowering experience. I got to look at an area of my life where I wasn’t feeling so grounded and peaceful and through creating the collage, I got clarity of what I want and what I need to do. I was able to create myself as this confident and capable person who can do and be whatever is needed to get where I want to. I will continue using this as a tool to gain clarity and empowerment going forward” - Laura 

Spaces are limited and it will be held on Zoom. You will need to have Zoom downloaded before the session.  Please email to book your free session.  

Relaxation Meditaton with Maz

Thursday 21 May, 10.30-11.30am

Join Maz for a hour session explains the theory behind the meditation practice. Suitable for beginners. Sign up is via Central Tai Chi and is delivered via Zoom.

Member Social

Friday 22 May, 6.15-6.45pm

Our next Zoom Member Social – a little later than planned due to the Bank Holidays – will be Friday 22 May, 6.15-6.45pm. We’ll post a link to the event on Facebook and Instagram from Monday 18 May. 

Practical tools for better mental health with Magda

Saturday 23 May, 10.30-11.30am | Part 1

Sunday 24 May, 10.30-11.30am | Part 2

Divided into two 30 minutes sessions, you will be guided through a variety of mind-body techniques that are wildly researched by modern science and proven to positively affect how we feel, calm the stress response and reduce anxiety.   

To participate, please join us while in a place that is quiet, warm and where you won’t be disturbed. Wear comfortable, loose clothing. There is no need for shoes. You will need a yoga mat or a blanket that you can put on the floor. For sitting, you may either stay on the mat or chose to sit on a chair if that is more comfortable for you. 

These workshops will be facilitated by Magda (, who is very passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with the intent to teach people how to access their innate mechanisms for self regulation. 

In her personal and professional practice she utilises movement, breath, imagery and touch that offer an opportunity and space for mind-body conversation and awareness of the whole self in the present moment. She emphasises the importance of the sense of safety and belonging as gateways to a healthy, happy and creative life. 

Magda is a TRE (Trauma, Tension and Stress Releasing Exercises) Provider, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Life Coach, Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a Personal Trainer. She offers support and inspiration for emotional and physical well-being via the platform she’s created especially for the time of COVID-19. 

No booking. Visit the Events tab on YMCA Club Facebook page.

ymca | 7 May 2020