Raising awareness of the scale of suicide around the world – and the role each of us can play to help prevent it – is the theme of World Mental Health Day (WMHD) 2019.
WMHD is on Thursday 10 October.
Trust staff have organised events, or are supporting partner organisations, to help spread the word about suicide prevention.
City & Hackney
Curated by Sophie Akehurst and Tuğba Tirpan; States of Existence - opening on the World Mental Health Day - sees a coming together of 25 brilliant artists who dive deep into our aporetic human experience as well as power mechanisms surrounding it. In addition to professional artists experiencing mental health we also have works from people who are currently service users in hospital.
Where: the exhibition is taking place at Well Space, London. The Well Space is a community hub recently launched in Hackney as a response to the gentrification and the loss of local public spaces.
- The Trust’s Associate Director for Social Care in Bedfordshire and Luton, Gail Dearing, will be running the Love Luton 10km run on October 27 to continue raising mental health awareness in the town.
Gail is encouraging others – staff, service users and partner organisations – to join her and form a mental health team of runners on the day.
- The Trust will also be manning a stall in The Mall, Luton town centre, on Monday 7 October and Thursday 10 October. Staff will be on hand to discuss mental health awareness, help and support.
- A free healthy mind and healthy body hub featuring a host of interactive activities is being held in Bedford’s Harpur Square on October 10.
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 their personal mental health and wellbeing.
The event is organised by Bedford Borough Council’s Sports Development Team in partnership with the Trust.
Health professionals and partner organisations from across Bedfordshire will be involved, including Bedford Samaritans.
All visitors are welcome at the free event between 11am-3pm.
- A fashion show with a difference will also be held in Bedford Harpur Shopping Centre on October 10 from 4.30-5.30pm.
The catwalk will come alive with a range of unique and beautiful handmade garments created out of small pieces of fabric, each with a handwritten message or body confidence, pride and acceptance.
Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College Peer Tutor Hannah Brown is leading the project, having presented to and worked with a variety of mental health groups and service providers to design and create the garments in the lead up to the event.
Listen to an interview with Hannah on BBC Three Counties Radio. The interview starts at 1hr 18mins 50 seconds.
Details and invite
- An inclusive afternoon of artistic exploration and creative collaboration is being held at The Place Theatre in Bedford on Saturday 19 October, from 2-5pm, followed by a film screening at 5.30pm.
It has been organised by the theatre in partnership with the Trust.