05 October 2016
Events are being held in Bedfordshire on Monday 10 October as part of World Mental Health Day.
East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) and partner organisations have organised activities in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton to promote awareness of mental health and the help available.
The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is psychological first aid and the support people can provide for those in distress.
ELFT provides mental health services across the county as Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing Services.
Gail Dearing, Associate Director of Social Care for Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing Services, said: “World Mental Health Day is a fantastic platform for people to join the conversation about how to maintain mental wellbeing and the help available in more challenging times.”
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is also supporting World Mental Health Day and encouraging people to take advantage of their extensive range of self-help guides, covering areas such as anxiety, stress, bereavement and many more.
Activity zone in Bedford town centre
A pop-up activity zone is being outside Bedford Central Library to promote the links between good mental health and an active lifestyle.
It is being supported by Bedford Blues rugby club, with director of rugby Mike Rayer and players set to attend.
The event will feature free table tennis, a smoothie bike, live music, information and advice about how to be more active and ELFT’s Break the Stigma campaign to promote healthy and open discussion about mental health.
Activity zone partners include Bedford Borough Council, Mind BLMK, Sustrans and Bedfordshire FA.
It will run from 10am-2pm outside the borough library in Harpur Street. The event is free and all visitors are welcome.
Business breakfast in Central Bedfordshire
A Business Breakfast is being held at Jordans Mill in Southill Road, Broom, near Biggleswade, to promote discussion about mental health in the workplace.
Keynote speaker will be Alistair Burt MP for North East Bedfordshire.
Other presenters are The People Network Consultancy (PNC), ELFT and Mind BLMK who will explain the benefits of Mental Health First Aid.
All 60 spaces available have been filled by businesses from across the county. The breakfast is from 8.30-11am.
‘Stalls in the square’ – Luton
Stalls will be set up in St George’s Square from 12-4pm to provide people with help, information and advice.
Penrose, Mind BLMK, LiveWell Luton, Active Luton, Our Minds Matter, SAFE young person’s drug service, Healthwatch Luton, the Angelus Foundation and Alzheimer’s Society will all be involved.