Mental Health Awareness Day at the Valley

Mental Health Awareness Day 2013 fixture against Blackpool
Mental Health Awareness Day 2013 fixture against Blackpool

Our patients and staff attended Charlton Athletic Football Club’s home fixture against Birmingham City at the Valley on Saturday. For as well as a gripping game of ‘footy’, the club played host to their second annual Mental Health Awareness Day.

Organised by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) and national anti-stigma organisation Time to Change, the day included interactive fun events for fans and positive messages around mental health were displayed on a big screen. A short film about the work CACT does in mental health was shown at half time.

Our contingent were among 150 patients and staff attending from Oxleas and Kent and Medway NHS Trust.

We work closely with CACT, who have run a number of activity based programmes with service users in our Early Intervention (EI) Teams designed to promote social inclusion and wellbeing. In June this year our Chief Executive, Stephen Firn, took part in a climb over the top of the O2 (formerly the Millennium Dome) in Greenwich.

Head of Disability and Mental Health at CACT Carl Krauhaus said: “Many of us will have encountered a mental health issue or have people close to us that have. Mental illness like any other illness should never be discriminated against and we encourage all of our supporters and partners to promote the same message.”

Published on 3rd October 2014