05 October 2018

A host of events and activities are being held across Bedfordshire and Luton as part of World Mental Health Day (WMHD) 2018.

WMHD is on Wednesday October 10 and the theme for this year is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’.

The Trust is supporting the international initiative by joining with partner agencies to host events, supporting activities organised by organisations with close links to ELFT and by encouraging staff and service users to get involved.

Events and activities:

Bedfordshire

What: A free healthy mind and body hub featuring a host of interactive activities. Visitors will be able to try table tennis, ride a smoothie bike, learn about the wide range of exercise opportunities in Bedford and talk to health professionals about how to maintain personal mental health and wellbeing.
Where: Harpur Square, Bedford
When: 11am-3pm, October 10

Luton

What: Luton CAMHS Film Showcase. A programme of short films made by health professionals and young people to aid understanding of the issues they are facing.Details.
Where: Galaxy Cinema, Luton Town Centre
When: 4.45pm-6.30pm, October 10

What: Mind BLMK workshop offering support, advice and information
Where: Well and Wise section of Luton Library
When: 9.30am-12.30pm, October 10

What: Time to Change campaign. 
Time to Change Luton is a voluntary network of local organisations and individuals committed to ending negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems in their communities.
The network is now asking for local people who have experience of mental health problems to become Time to Change Champions.

What: It’s Time to Talk community event organised by CYCD (Centre for Youth and Community Development) featuring activities, performances and information.
Where: CYCD, 94-106 Leagrave Road, Luton
When: 11am-2.30pm October 9-10

What: A Tea&Talk community event
Where: Coffee Ethic, 89 Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AJ
When: 10am-noon, October 10

Bedfordshire & Luton

What: Launch of Heads Up mental health awareness campaign across Central Beds and Beds Borough. Campaign is web and social media based.
The local campaign aims to prompt men to recognise when and if they are feeling low and how to take action. The web page features a toolkit with self-assessment tools. Tips on ‘how to stay happy’ and features details of support service and for influencers a ‘How to look After Your Man’ section.  
How: distribution of materials across Beds to wide range of stakeholders and venues including local pubs, barbers and betting shops etc. on World Mental Health Awareness day.  
Get involved by emailing Emma.Bates@milton-keynes.gov.uk  for materials and sharing.

What: #HelloYellow initiative
How: Staff and service users are encouraged to support the theme for WMHD by wearing yellow clothing as part of the Young Minds #HelloYellow initiative.
Click here for details.

What: Wellbeing Walk to the Chalk Hills, part of the Chilterns Walking Festival.
Central Bedfordshire Council Countryside Officer Steve Halton will lead you on a leisurely 3.5 mile stile-free walk along quiet lanes and ancient tracks to Galley and Warden Hills.
Where: Starting from the Inspire Luton Sports Village
When: 10.30am, Friday 12 October

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Wednesday 10 October is also World Homelessness Day and charity Signposts will be holding an event in The Mall, Luton, near the Luton Town FC shop.
The Signposts team will be there from 11am and are encouraging people to join them to challenge the perception of homelessness.