This forum is an open discussion; an opportunity for people with mental health problems who have struggled to maintain a healthy weight to liaise with health services in the borough on how best to improve patient care.

Weight on my Mind is a unique campaign that explores the link between obesity and mental health; with the premise of reducing stigma, and raising awareness of how mental health can often underpin poor eating habits.

Why does this campaign exist? 

Based on research that Does Hackney make you fat? project have undertaken in the borough, through speaking with service users at two mental health support user groups,  Shoreditch Trust -Peace of Mind and City and Hackney Mind Time to Talk; we have found an association between those with poor mental health and the tendency to overeat. 

Many of these service users have found that their state of mind often makes it challenging to control their weight; through turning to poor food options, such as sugary foods or takeaways, in order to cope with every day life. 

There was a general consensus at each group that all GP's should be thoroughly trained in mental health, and need to explain to patients how certain antidepressants affect the body (as many reported that they struggled with weight gain after taking them).

Secondly, some felt that health professionals on the gym referral scheme through their GP (Healthier Together Hackney) have provided mixed results in terms of customer care, and subsequently dropped out of the programme. 

Guest Speakers

Ali Aksoy- Healthwatch Hackney

Peter Dutton- GLL (Better Leisure Centres)- Healthier Together Hackney

Charles Soyombo- Mind over Weight 

Alicia Weston-Bags of Taste

Fred Agbah- Smokefree Hackney


Social Action for Health, Nigel Jackson Boardroom, Ment House, Unit 1C Mentmore Terrace, London, E8 3DQ

Date and time

Tuesday 19th December, 2-4pm

For further information 

Please contact Adam Wilson (Project Manager):

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 02085101970


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