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Free events for World Mental Health Day

User AvatarPosted by Hayley Smith at 10/10/2016 11:41:08

Monday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and there are a number of events being held across the NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG area.

World Mental Health Day has a different focus every year. This year the theme is Psychological First Aid. The aim of the day is to raise awareness across the globe about mental health and to support those in distress. 

There are a variety of free events taking place across the Canterbury area. No booking required, just turn up.

The day is also a good opportunity to promote Live Well – a one-stop shop where people can access a huge range of mental health and general wellbeing support within their local community.

Since its launch in April, Live Well has helped nearly 3,000 people. When somebody gets in touch, it connects them to a network of charities and community organisations.

Live Well Kent is led by the charities Porchlight and Shaw Trust on behalf of Kent County Council and the NHS. To get help or refer someone call 0800 567 7699 or email info@livewellkent.org.uk

World Mental Health Day events

The Herne Bay Walk
(King’s Hall, Beacon Hill, Herne Bay, CT6 6BA)

Starting from King’s Hall, Herne Bay at 10.30 am until 11.30 am.

St Augustine’s House, Canterbury Christchurch University (St Augustine's House, King's Park, Canterbury CT1 1TF)

Stalls providing information on mental health will be set up in the ground floor atrium area from 10.30am and finish at 3pm. Organisations involved include: Turning Point, Live Well and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, University Medical Centre.

Canterbury College 11am- 4pm
(New Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3AJ)

  • Performance from the Mustard Seed Singers.
  • Music For Change will provide a lyric writing workshop for students at the college.
  • A number of stalls from other organisations such as Take Off will be set up on the day in the main hall area. 

The Gulbenkian Theatre (4-8pm)
(University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB)

Stalls will run from 4pm-6pm in the foyer. A variety of charities/organisations will be there to provide information. These include: Porchlight, talking therapies, Take Off and St Martin’s Hospital, displaying ‘Mindful Colouring’ - a therapeutic activity.

The film “Some Voices” will be shown at 7.15pm in The Gulbenkian Cinema.

There will be an open panel discussion in the auditorium from 6pm-7pm.The audience will have an opportunity to ask a variety of professionals and service users questions. These may be questions that they may never have had the opportunity to, or never known how to, ask.

People on the panel include:

  • Janet Lloyd; Lead in public and patient involvement.
  • Eleni Hatzidimitriadou; Head of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work.
  • Steve Norman; Safety Manager, KMPT.
  • Leonie Down; Occupational Therapist lead, St Martin’s Hospital and John Puddle, Allied Health Professional Lead, Occupational Therapy.
  • Dave Steadman, who provides pastoral support for KMPT in east Kent.
  • A service user from the peer-led charity Take Off.

There will also be an art exhibition for Canterbury Mind the Gap at City Space, Northgate, from Saturday 8 October until Monday 10 October 2016. (49 Northgate, Canterbury, CT1 1BE). Find out more on our facebook page.