Over a hundred local people gathered to celebrate World Mental Health Day at the University of Huddersfield today. The event is one of many being held across the world to raise awareness of mental health issues and celebrate mental wellbeing.
Kirklees Mayor Donald Firth and Town Crier Vic Watson opened the successful event and visitors had the chance to take part in music, art and creative writing. Huddersfield PCT (primary care trust) provided free fruit smoothies and there was a huge range of activities, games and information from voluntary, health and social care organisations. Mental health nursing students were also on hand to give out information to anyone interested in mental health nursing as a career.
Speaking at the event, student nurse from the University of Huddersfield, Daniel Collins, said, "We want to remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness and increase awareness of mental health in general. It’s about promoting positive images of mental health."
Town crier Vic Watson said, "This event has been totally different to what I thought it would be – it’s been super! It’s definitely changed my perception of mental health. I’ve been out and about encouraging people to have an open mind and come down and have a look round!"
The event was jointly organised by South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust (SWYMHT) and the University of Huddersfield.