World Mental Health Day 2016

Info for Commissioners

On Saturday October 8th, 10am-2pm, there will be a host of activities in General Gordon Square in Woolwich Town Centre, at Woolwich Library and the Recovery College, Equitable House, Woolwich, to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

The event is to be hosted by Greenwich Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership, a partnership of organisations across the Royal Borough.

The partnership consists of providers such as the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Greenwich Mind, Greenwich Time to Talk, Bridge, Recovery College Greenwich, Thamesmead Health Champions, University of Greenwich, GAIN, ADFAM, Greenwich Libraries, Lifeline Basis, Health Watch Greenwich, Greenwich Carers Centre, Greenwich Action for Voluntary Services, Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark Samaritans and Social Enterprise Employment Company who have come together to mark the occasion. The Deputy Mayor Councillor Peter Brooks will be in attendance as well as Councillor Thorpe, Councillor Gardner and Councillor Scott McDonald, who will open the event.

This year’s theme is ‘Dignity in Mental Health – Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All’ and information will be provided about this vital practice, which teaches first aid to help anyone in mental distress.

The Recovery College Greenwich will be hosting local providers who will put on workshops on the subjects of Breaking Down Barriers to Employment, Mindfulness Taster Sessions, How to live with OCD, How to live with Depression, Dementia Friend Session, The power of listening and Surviving sexual assault and sexual abuse. The college will be hosting workshops to give people an insight into what it’s like to attend courses these include DIY at home, Woodwork taster sessions, food for thought, How to improve willpower, jewellery making taster session and much more. There will also be entertainment and wellbeing services provided.

To celebrate the day, performers and providers from across the borough will come together in the Square. There will be stalls from local providers, reflexology, massages, exhibitions and performances from top performers Lady Marga, who has collaborated with Basement Jaxx and won a top MOBO award, Dynamix, MCDC, and celebration music with the MIND Choir and guitar group. A ‘Wellbeing Trail’ for participants to pick up tips on wellbeing from nearby stalls will be a fun way to learn, with the chance to win prizes at the end.

There will also be the chance to exercise with Greenwich Get Active who will be hosting Tai Chi and Line Dancing. And, at the nearby Woolwich library, will be calming colouring, online learning tutorials, reading groups and discussions about books on prescription to aid mental health recovery.

Activities will be running from 10th October as well. Join us for Mindfulness Taster sessions in the beautifully calm Baltic Glass area of National Maritime Museum on Monday 10th October.

Greenwich Better Living Services are supporting the event by providing prizes as well as local retailers Tesco, Domino’s and more to be confirmed.

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