This year’s World Mental Health Day was on Tuesday 10 October and teams from across NELFT took part in events to raise awareness and offer advice.
As well as events, the Trust also used its social media channels to talk about WNHD17.
Dr Peter Carter took over the NELFT Lets Engage Twitter account and answered questions from the public and staff, as well as giving an insight into his working day. You can follow the account at: @NELFTLetsEngage
To follow some of the events, check out the @NELFT Twitter account or you could search for the hashtag #WMHD17
On World Mental Health Day, the following events took place:
YMCA Thames Gateway and Havering Mind invited the public to an information event. The event took place at YMCA Thames Gateway in Romford and featured information stands run by organisations including six teams from NELFT, as well as Tapestry, Cocaine Anonymous, Alzheimer’s Society, Samaritans, Family Mosaic and Hub.
The event focused on the mental health of young people and introduced #IAMWHOLE; a nationwide anti-stigma mental health campaign being launched by YMCA and NHS. It is being backed by celebrities including Ed Sheeran, Dermot O’Leary and James Corden and is fronted by UK musician Jordan Stephens (from the band, Rizzle Kicks).
Before the public event, the YMCA organised a networking session where professionals had the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, as well as hear from speakers from the YMCA, Havering Mind and NELFT. Two YMCA service users also addressed the attendees, including a spoken work performance.
Representing the NELFT teams, Brian Campbell, Community Mental Health Nurse, said: “It was a great event to draw all the third sector charities and teams from NELFT together to work for the mental health of young people in Havering.”
CEME Centre, Rainham
NELFT staff ran a stand near the café at the main CEME entrance. The stand was aimed at visitors to CEME and provided information and advice. Visitors were offered information on what support is offered and the focus this year was on men’s mental health. There was also the opportunity to take part in a quick mental health quiz, with prizes available.
The 0-19 Universal Services at Thames View in Barking organised a Tea and Talk session for staff and clients. It was an opportunity for staff to get together and have an informal chat about mental health with others and share experiences, advice and solutions.
The event ran from 1-3pm and £45 was raised for the Mental Health Foundation charity. Organiser Cathrine Lawson, Team Leader, said: "We organised the event to give staff the chance to talk about mental health and wellbeing. The team members appreciated the opportunity to take time out of their busy workloads and sit with colleagues and clients to talk - while they enjoyed tasty cakes baked by the team."
NELFT staff also attendeed the Mental Health Marketplace event, organised by Healthwatch B&D, in the Gallery at the Learning Centre in Barking.
Mellmead House - Coffee morning
A coffee and cake morning was organised at Mellmead House, where service, diagnosis and support information was be provided. The event was for service users and people living in the surrounding area of Mellmead House. Free health checks were available, looking at BMI and blood pressure and advice on mental and physical health, and wellbeing was available.
A table offering information regarding services and support was also available at Queens Hospital, Romford (pictured below).
As well as the events on World Mental Health Day – the following events have also been organised in October:
Thursday 12 October
EWMHS, Thundersley Clinic, 8 Kenneth Road, Benfleet, Essex SS7 3AT
Pop by any time between 12-3pm for professionals, 3-6pm for young people and their families
We plan to have interactive sessions, demonstrating the work we do, information and self-help materials, talks and presentations and creative projects.
The event is for: young people and their families, and professionals etc. who already know us or anyone who would like to find out more about us. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, please contact the team on 0300 300 1600, option 1, option 2
Coping Through Football
The project is organising a Six-a-Side tournament to celebrate World Mental Health Day. The tournament is taking place on Thursday 19 October at the Score Centre from 1.30-4pm, which is next to Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium. Adult service users and staff are invited to play for teams that will be made up on the day. Spectators are welcome and light refreshments will be provided. Appropriate clothing for football is required. Shin pads are essential, and as the pitch is artificial studded footwear is not permitted. Trainers or moulded soles are recommended.
The main focus of the event is to promote World Mental Health Day and for the tournament to be an enjoyable experience for all participants/visitors.
For more information, please contact the Project Coordinator, Sonia Smith, via email at: email@example.com
To register to play, please contact: Andrea Shepherd, Project Admin, by Friday October 13 on 0300 555 1201 ext 68485 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please leave Andrea a message to confirm you would like to play)
Saturday 21 October - Leyton Orient v Macclesfield Town (kick-off 3pm).
In celebration of World Mental Health Day, Leyton Orient have dedicated the match as an event to raise awareness of mental health and dementia.
Leyton Orient Trust usually makes available a generous allocation of tickets for carers/family members/friends of people living with dementia, and to users of our Mental Health services to attend the game. We also have access on the day to the Fans for Diversity Hub.