South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust is inviting everyone to join in Huddersfield’s Festival of Wellbeing to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Friday 10th October at the University of Huddersfield, 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 benefit from special guest, Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd who will be helping to launch the event.
The festival will include arts and crafts taster sessions, complimentary therapies and a wide variety of stalls and refreshments. There will also be plenty of entertainment including a performance from the Hoot guitar orchestra, an art exhibition, music from DJ Alix Brains, laughter therapy workshops, various competitions and some street theatre by students of the university’s drama department.
There will be information stalls at the event and displays helping people understand the importance of looking after their own mental wellbeing. Information for families and carers will also be available.
Speaking about the event, Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart who is also Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield said, "Holding an event in the University to mark World Mental Health Day is an important initiative as it helps to raise awareness and inform us all of what services and resources are available to offer support to those affected by mental health issues."
Chair of the Trust, Joyce Catterick said, "This event is a fantastic opportunity for local people to come together and celebrate wellbeing. It will also give people the chance to find out more about mental wellbeing and how to keep their minds healthy."
She continues, "The Trust is at the final stage in its application to become a Foundation Trust, which is 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."
The event is completely free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be available throughout the day and there will be a quiet space for anyone wanting time out. For more information call 0800 587 2108 (freephone).