Help us make Harrow happier

You’ve probably heard today is ‘Blue Monday’ – supposedly the most depressing day of the year due to a combination of factors including weather, debt and the long wait for our next holiday.

But we know poor mental health isn’t just about feeling down for one day of the year. That’s why we are inviting anyone who lives or works in Harrow to join our free Thrive LDN workshop on 31 January to talk about how we can make Harrow happier and healthier – all year round.

Harrow Council interim Chief Executive and Mental Health Champion Tom Whiting said: “The first steps towards mental wellbeing are openness and conversation. We want everyone to feel able to speak up if they are having problems ­- whether it’s to their boss, a teacher or co-worker - and get the help they need. By bringing people together to share their views and needs, we can ensure everyone knows where to turn and that employers and community leaders are supported to help make this happen.”

Thrive LDN is a citywide movement for mental health, supported by the Mayor of London. Last year Harrow Council launched Thrive Harrow, the first localised Thrive campaign of its kind, bringing together the public sector, businesses and community to commit to improving mental wellbeing.

As part of this commitment, our event will be an opportunity to hear about the six aspirations of Thrive LDN and influence how we can all make them achievable in Harrow.

Harrow Deputy Mayor and Mental Health Champion Cllr Kareema Marikar said: “Mental illness affects more than 50,000 people every year in Harrow alone. It costs society billions in lost working days and productivity. So it’s in the interest of everyone to work together to make Harrow happier – that’s what our event is about”.

The free workshop is on 31 January from 4pm to 6.30pm in the Members’ Lounge at Harrow Civic Centre. Refreshments will be provided. Sign up here

Visit to learn more about Thrive LDN.