Oxleas helps mark World Mental Health Day

Tremendously enthusiastic Oxleas staff were out in force throughout the three boroughs of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich to mark World Mental Health Day (WMHD).

Colleagues and partner organisations set up information stalls in Bexleyheath, Eltham and Bromley town centre on Friday 8 October to draw attention to WMHD – which this year falls on Sunday 10 October.

None were more vociferous than our own Spiritual and Cultural Care Coordinator, Qaisra Khan, who was really getting into the swing of things in the middle of Bromley market – encouraging lunchtime shoppers to visit the stall she was helping to run along with partner organisations such as Rethink and Community Options. The stall was visited by Beckenham MP, Colonel Bob Stewart.

In Eltham, Greenwich Lead for Social Inclusion, Equality and Diversity and Lead OT for Recovery and Complex Needs Recovery Service, Debbie Green said that the morning session on the WMHD stall has proved popular with local students and mums with toddlers. Based indoors at the Eltham Centre in Archery Road, off Eltham High Street, the stall displayed information about mental health services for older people and working age adults. There was also representation from Greenwich Community College with information about the support that they can offer to people with mental health problems.

And in Bexleyheath town centre  the Early Intervention team along with community mental health teams and voluntary organisations such as Bexley Rethink and First Step Trust helped orgainse a WMHD stall in the shadow of the town’s Clocktower. Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire was also on hand  and pledges his support. He said: “As many as one in four people will suffer from a mental health issue during their lives and yet it still seems to be regarded as a taboo subject. We need to break this stigma and encourage people in need of care to obtain the support they need. That's why I'm pleased to support an event like this in Bexley which not only highlights the issue, but allows people to obtain more information for themselves, friends or family on how to obtain help if they need to."

World Mental Health Day aims to raise public awareness about mental health issues. It promotes more open discussion of illnesses - and investments in prevention and treatment services.

Photos:

Caption 1: Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire (third from left) visits the World Mental Health Day stall at Bexleyheath.

Caption 2: Volunteers manning the World Mental Health Day stall in the Eltham Centre.

Caption 3: News: 3) Beckenham MP Colonel Bob Stewart visits the Bromley World Mental Health Day stall.

Published on 8th October 2010