South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust is inviting everyone to come and join Calderdale’s World Mental Health Day celebrations at the Ebenezer Centre, St James Road, Halifax on 8th October, 10-3pm
There will be music and arts and crafts sessions on offer and visitors will be able to contribute to collages and exhibits that will build up through the day. 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.
One of the organisers, PALS (patient advice and liaison) worker Jonny Glenn says, "The idea of the day is to de-mystify mental health services and explain what options and treatments are available to people experiencing mental illness at various stages of treatment. We’ll be aiming to debunk some of the myths around what happens in services and allay people’s suspicions and fears about mental illness. Overall, though, the day is about mental health rather than mental illness and there will be loads of information and activities for people who use mental health service, their carers and anyone wanting to find out more and have a bit of 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."
The event is one 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.
Everyone is welcome at the event and there will be a free lunch for all visitors. For more information call 0800 587 2108