Championing Mental Health: World Mental Health Day
Every year, mental health support organisations around the world celebrate #WorldMentalHealthDay on 10th October. World Mental Health Day is an important day in our calendar, where we campaign to raise awareness of mental wellbeing in our community, and work to break stigma and empower those experiencing a mental health difficulty.
This year, Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind put on not one but three fantastic events across the boroughs we serve.
In Brent, we were fortunate to partner with the fantastic team at Hendon Football Club at the Silver Jubilee Park Stadium. People from the local community flocked to the stadium, where the celebrations were opened with an address from David Bedford OBE and Councillor Harbi Farah. Visitors to the event were then invited to the ceremonial opening of the stadium’s beautiful, brand new community garden, before taking part in a friendly football match! We were joined by other local organisations that support with mental wellbeing, including Community Action on Dementia (Brent), Brent Dementia Cafes, Brent Mental Health Services and the fabulous staff of Hendon Football Club.
Also in Brent was an art-class at our Ashford Place office. Jeremy, a service user from our supported housing service, and two companions, set up two sessions during the day, one offering a tutorial on how to draw faces, another on colour contrasting and stencils. Art is a wonderfully therapeutic activity, and the session was enjoyed by everybody who took part
In Westminster, the screening of our Harmonious choir’s film, ‘A Symphony of Minds’ was premiered at the Curzon Cinema in Victoria. Members of the Harmonious choir, as well as local councilors and members of the public, attending the screenings of the film. The film, directed by filmmaker Howard Garfield, was a moving testament to the amazing journey the choir have come on, documenting it’s many achievements over the last 8 months, including singing at 10 Downing Street, but most importantly highlighting the support and sense of community that the choir fostered. To take part in the choir, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday the 12th of October, the Tooting Hub was host for yet another World Mental Health Week celebration. The day was opened by Sue Williamson, chair of the trustees, and then a session of the hub art group took place, producing work themed around World Mental Health Day. There was then a demonstration of recipes for healthy eating which was well received by the audience, getting us all hungry for the delicious lunch that followed. In the afternoon there was a demonstration of Cypher and the new young people’s services starting in Wandsworth, as well as a session on writing poetry and a session of Music in Mind, demonstrating the potential of electronic music. One service user has already taken the tips on board, telling our Tooting Hub team they have already started to cook the healthy eating recipes at home!