29 April 2016

An open musical jamming session is being held to raise awareness of the help and support available from mental health services across Bedfordshire and Luton.

Carers, service users, charities, partner organisations and members of the public are invited to the event organised by Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing Services.

It is being held at the Robin Pinto Gym Unit off Calnwood Road in Luton on Thursday 12 May from 7.30-9.30pm.

Tuesday’s Garden (pictured) will play songs covering classic rock, rhythm and blues, alternative and modern pop.

They are part of Music24, a Luton-based organisation working to offer music therapy to a range of individuals including adults with learning disabilities, dementia and other mental health issues.

Visitors will be welcome to play along with the band, or just enjoy listening to the music.

Food and drink will be provided.

“We want to have a relaxed, fun night with good music where people can learn about mental health and ask any questions they may have,” said organiser Julia Renton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing Services.

“We want to raise understanding about how you can look after your mental health and where to go if you can’t solve problems on your own.”

She added: “We also want to tackle the stigma some people associate with mental health.

“There should be no shame in saying ‘I don’t feel great and I could do with some help’.

“We talk freely about physical health, and mental health should be no different.”

The jamming event is free to attend.

Email Julia Renton for details.