Everyone is invited to come along and join in Huddersfield’s World Mental Health Day celebrations at the University of Huddersfield on 10th October 10-3pm.
Kirklees Mayor Donald Firth will be guest of honour at the event – which aims to raise awareness around mental health. A group of chief nurses from Jordan will also be guests on the day.
There will be a huge variety of activities for people have a go at including dancing, singing and creative writing. AIM (artists in mind) – an arts organisation which encourages people with mental health problems to be creative – will be exhibiting art work and some of the artists will be demonstrating. There will also be a chance for visitors to get creative in art workshops.
Music will be provided by DJs from Pathways – a centre for people with mental health problems in Mirfield.
A variety of voluntary, health and social care organisations will also be holding stalls on the day providing information, advice and support on mental health issues
Jill Leckey, senior lecturer for mental health at University of Huddersfield says, "Last year we organised a very successful event that raised awareness of mental health. This year we’re hoping to have an equally successful event. There will be a variety of Huddersfield schools taking part in the event and there will mental health promotion stalls that describe the link between the body and mind and vice versa."
Jackson Lynn, PALS (patient advice and liaison worker) who has helped to organise the event says, "The idea of the event is to raise awareness of mental health in the community in a fun, interactive way. We want people to realise that mental health affects everyone – one in four people will have a mental health problem in the course of a year. World Mental Health Day is a fantastic way to show the positive side of mental health. It’s great to be returning to the University of Huddersfield for the event and we hope that lots of local people will come along and join in the celebrations!"
The main exhibition will be in the Quayside building but there will also be activities in the Howard Wilson and Castlehill building.
The event has been jointly organised by South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust (SWYMHT) and University of Huddersfield. It is free of charge and lunch will be provided for all visitors.