South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust is inviting everyone to come and join the North Kirklees World Mental Health Day celebrations on Tuesday 9th October at Batley Resource Centre, 90 Commercial Street, 10am-3pm.
The event will be opened by MP Mike Wood, and there will be music and art workshops on offer and a drama production by Shoestring Theatre. 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.
Speaking about the event one of the organisers, PALS (patient advice and liaison) worker Jonny Glenn says, “This will be an exciting event which will raise awareness of mental health issues in Dewsbury. World mental health day is a fantastic opportunity to show the positive side of mental health and celebrate mental wellbeing. We hope that lots of local people will come and join in the fun!
He continues, "The event is also a chance for local people to learn more about our Trust’s plans to become a Foundation Trust and join as a member. Members of the Trust can have a say in how services are developed and improved, as well as receive information about looking after their own mental wellbeing."
There will also be an event just for those who care for someone with a mental health problem. The ‘Carers celebrate World Mental Health Day event’ will take place at Ravensthorpe community centre on the 10th October. Carers and their friends will have the chance to have a go at yoga, belly dancing, floristry and lots more.
These events are two of many celebrations taking place across South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust and around the world that aim to build awareness around mental health issues and help to remove the stigma that surround mental illness.