World Mental Health Day kicks off in Greenwich

In Greenwich Oxleas marked World Mental Health Day (WMHD) with a football tournament at the David Beckham Academy. Nine teams comprising staff and service users from across the trust took part in a fun packed day of footie.

Over 60 people were involved in games which boasted a high level of sportsmanship. The final was won by Bracton Lions who defeated Splinter Milan (Bexley and Bromley Early Intervention teams) 4-0.

The plate was won by Bromley R and Bs (featured in picture) who beat Hazelwood in a penalty shoot out in the final. The tournament started with groups - the top teams went through to the semi-finals and the rest went into a plate tournament. Bracton won the main tournament and Bromley R and Bs won the plate on penalties after drawing that final 0-0.

Tea, chat and table tennis mark World Mental Health Day at GPH

Green Parks House in Bromley marked WMHD with two well attended events: a tea and chat session and a table tennis competition.

About 40 people turned up for the tea and chat at which service users, governors and staff exchanged views. Head Occupational Therapist at GPH, Sue Carter told One Oxleas:“Everybody’s mental health matters - was the theme of the session and it was good to spend some quality time all chatting to each other.” 

And in the afternoon staff and service users enjoyed a keenly contested table tennis competition. The winner was Gordon (Day Treatment service user), who won a £20 Sainsbury's voucher. Second place went to David (Goddington service user) who won £10 Sainsbury's voucher. Joint third place went to Daniel (Norman Ward service user) and Derek (Goddington service user) who both won £10 Sainsbury's vouchers.

… and in Bexley

WMHD was celebrated in Bexleyheath town centre - the venue for a busy stall hosted by Oxleas’ Bexley Early Intervention Team in partnership with local mental health charities Rethink and First Step Trust.

Multi-coloured helium balloons - emblazoned with “World Mental Health Day 2009” – were given away throughout the day and proved a great draw for individuals and families who stayed on to talk about mental health issues and find out about local services.

VIPs who visited the stall to show their support during the day included Cllr Bernard Clewes, Mayor of Bexley, and MPs John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead) and David Evennett,(Bexleyheath and Crayford). 

About World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time in 1992. The day is officially commemorated every year on 10 October. The Mental Health Foundation uses the day as an opportunity to communicate with the general public about mental health issues. 

Large photos

1) Bromley R and Bs receive the plate trophy

2) Staff and service users enjoy a table tennis competition at Green Parks House

3) World Mental Health Day being commemorated in Bexleyheath by people of all ages

Published on 16th October 2009