Healthy Lives Staff Update - Ask the Mayor, TH crisis line, alcohol awareness, gambling and activity bands

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Welcome to the SCHOOL STAFF newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team!

Each Wednesday we will be sharing school relevant information, lesson plans and resources which can be used to support the teaching of health and wellbeing. This will go out to school contacts only.

The Healthy Lives Team supports schools, pupils and families with everything to do with health and wellbeing. We want to help you to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We now have a Healthy Lives Team webpage where you can find out more about the team and access Healthy Schools resources and all our archived newsletters. 

If you would like further support or details, please contact Kate Smith, Head of Healthy Lives, at

We are incredibly proud in Tower Hamlets to have supported schools to gain more Healthy Schools awards than any other borough in London. So please use this newsletter in whatever way suits you best to stay as fit and healthy as possible and please share this newsletter using your social media or website using the following share button, or you can click the hyperlink in the top right corner of this email:

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Ask the mayor

Ask the Mayor online on Tuesday 24 November

Mayor John Biggs is hosting an online edition of his regular Ask the Mayor question and answer sessions.

Join online on Tuesday 24 November from 7pm - 8pm to ask your questions and get a live response from Mayor Biggs.

The event will focus on the tough financial challenges ahead for the council and we want to find out from you what services matter the most to you.

You'll need to register to attend, where you can also ask a question in advance if you wish.

 Register here >

Alcohol awareness

Alcohol Awareness Week

This week is Alcohol Awareness Week and Alcohol Change UK have chosen this year to focus on the issues around alcohol and mental health. You can download free resources including posters, factsheets and a quiz, looking at the best ways to look after ourselves and those we love during a year of great change and uncertainty.

Download resources >

Tower Hamlets Mental Health Crisis Line

Tower Hamlets Mental Health Crisis Line

The Tower Hamlets all ages mental health crisis line is available 24 hours a day and callers will be given support and advice from mental health professionals. It has been designed as a ‘first port of call’ for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis and to remove the need for those people, including children and young people, to seek help via hospital A&E services.

Freephone 0800 073 0003



Youth gaming and gambling - Raising awareness and building digital resilience

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) are a leading National charity collaboratively delivering the UK’s national education programme to those that work with young people (age 7-25), to raise awareness around the potential harms associated with gaming and gambling.

Their training and resources are free of charge and fully assured by City and Guilds and have been designed to enable teachers to deliver sessions directly to young people. They can deliver a bespoke training session online via a free two and a half hour webinar, or individuals can book directly onto an open online session.

The training is delivered in two parts. If you have any further questions please contact or call 07494 964 888.

Find out more here >


Encouraging children in Tower Hamlets to keep active

Moki is an activity tracking wristband and software application that provides a safe, simple and fun way for schools to engage their students in an active curriculum. Four schools from Tower Hamlets have signed up for the London Sport Active Schools initiative, wearing bands to track their physical activity during the Autumn term.

They are designed specifically for schools and contain the same technology used for contactless payments, making it easy and secure to transfer data. They also have a long lasting watch battery so there is no regular recharging required.

Prices and more information >

And remember...


"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."


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The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be sending you regular newsletters that will be relevant whether you are at school, work, or at home.

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