South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust held a Festival of Wellbeing at Pathways day services in Mirfield today to celebrate World Mental Health Day. The event was organised by people who use Pathways’ services and was a huge success. It attracted people from all over North Kirklees who showed their support and learnt about ways to keep their minds healthy.
The event was just one of many celebrations that have taken place across South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust and throughout the world, to promote wellbeing and tackle the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
This year’s celebrations included arts and crafts, massage, a poetry workshop, gym sessions, a mobile library, archery, electronic music and samba drums. A buffet lunch and homemade smoothies were also offered. There was even an opportunity for people to improve their everyday IT skills as experts from partner organisation, Electronic Village Hall were on hand to teach the basics.
Terry Osher, who uses Pathways day services went along to the event and said, "Today has been a good opportunity for people to find out what sort of activities are available to them and get ideas on how to keep happy and well. Getting creative for example keeps you entertained and is great fun!"
Bal Singh is a member of the Trust and was also at the event. He said, "Activities help improve people’s mental health and it’s really uplifting to see so many service users, carers and staff members coming together and having a good time. It’s reassuring to know there are so many people and organisations working hard to better the lives of people with mental health problems."
Chair of the Trust, Joyce Catterick said, "This event was a great success and gave local people the opportunity to get together, celebrate wellbeing and have lots of fun."
She added, "We now have 10,000 members joined up to the organisation and it was great to see so many of them turn out to this event and share in the celebrations."