Monday 10th October (today) is World Mental Health Day, and with rising mental health issues nationally this year more charities and organisations are working together to raise awareness. This year the theme set by the Mental Health Foundation is psychological first aid, and they are encouraging ‘Tea & Talk’ events across the country to help raise awareness about the support that people can provide to those in distress. You can find out more about these events, and how to host your own by clicking HERE
This year the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is holding a Mental Health Day conference at the Barking Learning Centre. The conference will focus on the negative effects of mental health issues within the black community. The conference is being held in association with The Nous Community Organisation and will run from 9.30am – 3.00pm.
For more information contact The Nous on: 07886 998209 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The London Borough of Havering in conjunction with NELFT had a series of awareness raising street stalls and events in Romford Market on Friday 9th October, and the Havering Clinical Commissioning Group are providing free NHS support this World Mental Health Day. You can find out more about the free talking therapies by calling and speaking to the team of experts on: 0300 300 1554 or visit the website by clicking HERE
Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, who is a supporter of the ‘Time to Talk’ campaign being led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness said: “These issues are becoming more prevalent in our society, and we need to be doing all we can to raise awareness and break down the walls that isolate individuals suffering from mental health conditions. That is why World Mental Health Day is so important, it is a day to put issues that are often not spoken about on the national agenda.”
“I commend the work being done locally, and am pleased to see so many innovative campaigns around issues of mental health. The Labour Party has also continued its commitment to a dedicated Member for Mental Health and Social Care on the Shadow Cabinet – which as I understand was fought for by the Labour Campaign for Mental Health.”