Last week staff across the Trust celebrated mental health awareness week with their colleagues, patients and members of the public. This year’s theme –Surviving or thriving - explored how people can cultivate good mental health and the strategies they can use to thrive during difficult times.
A range of activities took place during the week. In Bedfordshire, The Day Resource Centre held an open day for local people to find out about local services and meet staff. Attendees had physical health checks and tried their hand at Bollywood dancing and enjoyed a performance from local rockers The Barford All Stars. The Trust was joined by local partners including Bedfordshire Police, Mind and Bedford Libraries.
In Newham, service users had the opportunity to join a swimming session at the Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park with a view to completing a 12 week swimming programme at the with a designated swimming instructor. Service users can still join, for more information contact Marica.Wainner@elft.nhs.uk .
The Luton mental health and wellbeing service ran a programme of events including coffee mornings, walk and talk and information stand at the Luton Shopping Centre. Whilst carers lead, Catherine Aganoglu discussed mental health stigma on Diverse