South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust is inviting everyone to come and join the North Kirklees Festival of Wellbeing to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 7th October at Pathways Day Services, Nettleton Road, Mirfield, between 10am-3pm.
The event is just one of many celebrations taking place across South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust and throughout the world, which aim to tackle the stigma that surrounds mental illness and promote wellbeing.
This year’s celebrations will include taster sessions for arts and crafts, a poetry workshop, a mobile library, archery, electronic music and samba drums. A buffet lunch and homemade smoothies will also be offered. There will even be an opportunity for people to improve their everyday IT skills as experts from partner organisation, Electronic Village Hall will be on hand to teach the basics.
Information will be on display at the event helping people understand the importance of looking after their own mental wellbeing.
The event has been predominantly organised by people who use Pathways’ services. Speaking about the event, Pathways’ day services co-ordinator John Butler said, "World Mental Health day gives people a chance to find out more about mental wellbeing and to learn about how to keep their minds healthy. This year’s event will provide a festival atmosphere and is all about people having fun. It will be a day for celebrating some of the simple things that enrich our lives and make us happier. It will also be a time to break down some of the stigma surrounding mental illness."
He continues, "The Trust is at the final stage in its application to become a Foundation Trust, a different type of NHS organisation based on membership. Over 10,000 local people have joined the Trust as members and they have all been invited to this year’s event. Local people, who are not already members, will also have the chance to learn more about the Trust and membership."