World Mental Health Day 2014 - where will you be?

World Mental Health Day 2014 10th Oct

World Mental Health Day 2014 - where will you be?

Friday 10 October is World Mental Health Day, when Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and partners will be hosting special events across Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich.

The events are aimed at raising awareness of the help available and challenging the stigma associated with mental health conditions. Anyone can suffer from a mental health condition at any stage of life and it is estimated that a quarter of the population will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year.*

A special event in General Gordon Square, Woolwich, will mark the official opening of Greenwich Recovery College, developed by Oxleas with NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group and Royal Borough of Greenwich.  The Recovery College offers patients who have experienced mental ill health support to understand their condition and access a range of courses, seminars, workshops and other services. 

Between 12pm and 2pm, General Gordon Square will become a hive of activity with groups including Greenwich Time to Talk, Big White Wall, Bridge, Oxleas and Royal Greenwich’s Healthy Living Service, giving residents a chance to speak directly to local groups about mental and physical well-being

At the University of Greenwich, Avery Hill Campus, Oxleas will be screening ‘Open Your Ears and Listen’, a film from the perspective of African and Caribbean communities, encouraging those working in mental health to walk a mile in the shoes of those receiving care. 

In Bromley, Oxleas will be 'Celebrating Wellbeing' from 10.30am until 6pm at Bromley Town Church, Ethelbert Road with a full programme of creative activities, lunch and refreshments. 

In partnership with Mind and Re-Instate, Oxleas will also be in Bexley launching new day services and employment services at lunchtime in the Mind Offices at Westhill House, 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath.

Stephen Firn, Chief Executive of Oxleas, signed up to the ‘Time to Change Pledge’ at the recent Annual Members Meeting. He said: “These activities, amongst others throughout the year, form part of our action plan to drive long term change and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health issues.  We are absolutely committed to tackling any mental health discrimination that exists. Signing up to the Pledge supports the work we undertake to target this serious issue and change perceptions.”

*Mental Health Foundation

About a quarter of the population will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, with mixed anxiety and depression the most common mental disorder in Britain.

Women are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men and about ten percent of children have a mental health problem at any one time.

Depression affects 1 in 5 older people.

Self-harm statistics for the UK show one of the highest rates in Europe: 400 per 100,000 population.

Time to Change is England's most ambitious campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.

Published on 7th October 2014