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Publication date: April 6, 2018 Author: By Gem Sofianos

Hello and happy Friday! – it’s Gem Sofianos with the today’s round up of mental health stories you should be reading.

Top Story: Yoga class held on a train to tackle ‘phone zombies’

The UK’s first ever train yoga class has been held on a train from London to Birmingham in a bid to promote mindfulness and tackle ‘phone zombies’.

Chiltern Railway trailed the ‘mindfulness zone’ to encourage people to put down their phones and laptops and take part in the session to try and counteract our increasing reliance on digital devices, ‘and a transformation into phone zombies’.

Passengers were invited to join in with the yoga class and other mindfulness activities including adult colouring in.

‘People are glued to their phones everywhere they go,’ Eleni Jordan, Commercial Director at Chiltern Railways, said

‘Whilst a crucial part of our lives, there is great benefit in taking time to switch off and explore your creative mind through meditation, colouring or even yoga on the way to work!’

‘Since we’ve also recently partnered with mental health charity, Mind, as our charity of the year, we wanted to create a space to promote mindfulness – where our passengers can sit back, reflect and reenergise.’

Chiltern Railways launched the yoga class in collaboration with the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

‘We live in an age where we don’t usually stop to think about how we’re feeling or what we’re doing. Mindfulness teaches us to do exactly that, with practices such as yoga and meditation,’ Willem Kuyken, director at the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre, said.


Prince Harry to launch ‘Walk of America’ which encourages conversation around veteran’s mental health

Prince Harry is becoming the Patron of ‘Walk of America’, and will formally launch the 1,000 mile expedition this month, Kensington Palace have announced.

The prince will formally launch the latest expedition from the armed forces charity Walking With The Wounded at an event in London on Wednesday 11 April.

A team of six veterans from the US and the UK will walk 1,000 miles from the west to the east cost of America in 14 weeks.

‘The Walk Of America will tell the stories of wounded veterans and their journeys from injury to the present day, and encourage a conversation around veteran mental health. The expedition will also raise vital funds for veterans both sides of the Atlantic,’ Kensington Palace said.


North London theatre’s new interpretation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

An independent inclusive theatre in North London will bring a ‘new and fresh perspective’ to the iconic story One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

As part of their spring season Chickenshed, located in Southgate, will put on their own interpretation of the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey, which was also adapted into the ‘hugely significant film in 1975’  which featured Jack Nicholson.

The play by Dale Wasserman tells the story of Randall Patrick McMurphy who agrees to be committed to an asylum for mental assessment, rather than spend another spell in jail.

‘His rebellious instincts throw him into constant conflict with the hospital authorities, and as he attempts to help the other patients take control of their lives, he comes to a devastating discovery of where true power lies.’

The theatre said its ‘fresh new interpretation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will be a physical and thrilling version of this moving and touching story’.

The play will be showing at the theatre between April 18 and May 12.


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