South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust is inviting everyone to join in Pontefract’s World Mental Health Day celebrations which are taking place at Pontefract Town Hall, Bridge Street on Monday 9th October, 10-3pm.
The event will be opened by town crier Reg Lavine at and there will be huge array of activities on offer for visitors from complimentary therapies to creative writing.
There will be a poetry recital by people who use mental health services and the Peppermill (a drop in for people with mental health problems in Pontefract) will hold batiq workshops.
The highlight of the day will be a performance (at 2pm) of a play called ‘Shut up’ by students from Castleford High School. ‘Shut up’ is a challenging play written by Andrew Payne – a writer who has written extensively for film and television.
Drama teacher Mr Hook says, "We’re really pleased to be involved in World Mental Health day. It’s really good to be able to perform the play outside of a school or theatre environment. The themes of the play are appropriate to raising awareness around mental health."
PALS (patient advice and liaison) worker Lynn Fowley who has helped to organise the event says, "We’re hoping to raise everybody’s awareness of mental health and try and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. 1 in 4 of us will have a mental health problem in the course of a year. We want to show a positive side of mental health."
Various voluntary, health and social care organisations will be at the event giving out information, advice and support on mental health and other related issues.
The event is free of charge and lunch will be provided as well as a quiet room for anybody wanting some ‘time out’. It is open to members of 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.