Members of the public, service users, carers are all invited to come along to this year’s World Mental Health Day celebrations at Halifax Central Library on Thursday 13th October, 10-3pm.
The event is one of many celebrations taking place across South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust that aim to raise the profile of mental health issues and help to remove the stigma that surround mental illness.
The theme this year is "Mental & Physical Health Across the Lifespan" and various organisations such as the fire service, jobcentre plus, age concern and Calderdale Carers project will be represented, holding workshops and giving out information, advice and support.
An impressive display of artwork created by people using Calderdale Day Services will add some colour and showcase the creative talent of people with mental health problems.
PALS Development Worker Jonny Glenn who has helped to organise the event says, "We are hoping for a vibrant, exciting day that removes the focus from mental ill-health and, instead, celebrates positive mental health for everyone.
"As well as having the chance to try out complementary therapies, anyone who comes along on the day will have access to heaps of information on a wide range of issues, from carers’ needs, benefits advice and keeping your home safe, to employment advice and maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
"You can also learn more about how you can influence mental health services and be involved in decisions that can affect us all," he explains.
All events are free of charge and lunch will be provided as well as a quiet room for anybody wanting some ‘time out’. It is open to the public, carers, relatives, staff and people with mental health needs. For more information call the patient advice and liaison service (PALS) on 0800 5872108.
For more information about World Mental Health Day and the events that are being held visit www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk