World Mental Health Day 2017 – activities and events

World Mental Health Day (10th October) falls on Tuesday this year.  And we’ve a whole calendar of activities throughout the week, as follows.

Saturday 7th October – Bridport Mind Fest activities

Bridport Mind Fest ActivitiesThe Bridport Mind Fest starts on Thursday 5th October and lasts until Tuesday 10th October – which is World Mental Health Dayitself.  It’s a festival for wellbeing, there’s

There are eighteen workshops and five ongoing events throughout the festival.  There are screenings of topical films, workshops, and personal appearances.  There’s also chance to meet local and national charities and health organisations.

Dorset Mind are at Mind Fest on Saturday 7th October, and will be spreading mental health awareness.  We’ll also be letting people know about our plans to expand to West Dorset.

Monday 9th October – ‘Mind over Marathon and Beyond’

Held at Bournemouth University, this is your chance to hear a panel discussion with participants of the BBC’s “Mind over Marathon” programme.  It explored the experiences of a group of people with mental health issues and their journey towards the London Marathon.

The series was inspirational and highlighted how physical health can directly affect mental health.  From the programme, the speakers are Claudia Barnett, Jake Tyler and Georgina Lloyd.

There are tickets still available for the earlier showing at Talbot Campus here.

Tuesday 10th October – John Lewis and #LifeUnfiltered

We’re taking our information stand to John Lewis at Home, Branksome on Tuesday to spread some mental health awareness on the day.  We’ll also be bucket collecting whilst letting people know about mental health in the work place – and our services of course.

#LifeUnfiltered Video launch at Bournemouth University (18:45-20:00 Talbot Campus)

This project looks at mental health through the eyes of a young person living in Dorset.  The final video is a piece of work by young people about young people on this subject.  After watching the video, attendees will be asked to pledge what they can do to spread the word about mental health.

The Mayors of Bournemouth and Poole are attending.  Dorset Mind has co-produced this alongside Bournemouth University, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Borough of Poole, and Healthwatch Dorset.

You can share your thoughts through social media by using the hashtag: #Lifeunfiltered.

Wednesday 11th October – two talks at Bournemouth Uni

‘Supporting young people’s mental health in Dorset’ – Hosted at Bournemouth Uni’s Executive Business Centre at 14:00, this is nearly SOLD OUT.

Dorset Mind’s Patron Dr Andy Mayers and Trustee Jane Kilpatrick are delivering a presentation about young people’s mental health.  It’s so important to recognise problems early in order to take steps to stop the problems growing.

This talk will focus on current and planned work that Dorset Mind do to support young people’s mental health.

‘Fighting the Stigma’ (18:50 Talbot Campus) is a talk by former World Boxing Champion Frank Bruno, MBE.  Frank will talk about his own lived experience of bipolar disorder and how he tries to help others with similar conditions.

There will also be opportunity to hear about Frank’s charity work and how he fights the stigma of mental health within society today.

Please note, this event is SOLD OUT!

Thursday 12th October – ‘Helping local employers put mental health at the centre of working practice’

The theme of this World Mental Health Day is mental health in the workplace.  And Dorset Mind’s Service Delivery Manager Mandy Nicholson will talk about what steps can be taken to help employees.

Alongside Mandy, will again be Patron/Trustee Dr Andy Mayers, and Trustee Jane Kilpatrick.  The lecture starts at 16:00, Landsdowne Campus.

Tickets are available here.

Friday 13th October – Haskins and Avonbourne School

We start Friday 13th at Avonbourne School by delivering an assembly on Mental Health Awareness.  Avonbourne Sixth Form are holding events through the week, and teacher Ms Little has announced that the whole school is fundraising for us!

We’re also holding a mental health awareness stand at our charity partners Haskins Garden Centre.  We’ll be bucket collecting throughout the latter few weekends at the Ferndown branch.  So do come and find out more about mental health and what we offer!

Phew!  What a great week of events… We hope you’ll be able to join us.