Members of the public, service users, carers and students are all invited to come along to this year’s World Mental Health Day celebrations at Huddersfield University on Monday 10th October, 10-3pm.
The event has been jointly organised by South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust and Huddersfield University and promises to be a fun packed day for people of all ages. To mark the event a piece of artwork created by service user Tracy Abraham has been enlarged to 6 foot in length and hung from the Harold Wilson building at the university.
A kaleidoscope of activities have been planned for the day including, a play by a group of service users, a poster competition, drama events, African drumming from Hoot (a group that uses music and dance to promote positive mental health) and creative writing workshops.
A variety of voluntary, health and social care organisations will be holding stalls on the day providing information, advice and support.
Over 70 high schools and colleges have also been invited to attend and enjoy the day as part of their health and social care courses.
Phil Walters, patient and public involvement manager, who has helped to organise this year’s event says, "After the success of last year’s world mental health day events we’ve decided to make this a week-long celebration with events across the region.
"The aim of this event is to raise awareness of mental health issues among the general public and among students.
"World mental health day plays an important role in removing the stigma that is often associated with mental illness and will give service users the opportunity to celebrate their own mental health.
"We’re delighted to celebrate this international event and hope many people will come and join in with the host of activities that we have planned at Huddersfield University."All events are 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.