Monday 10th October was World Mental Health Day 2016, and we got out and about in the local community to talk to people, breaking down the stigma around mental health by having conversations about it.
As an organisation, we spoke to over 320 people on the day, with stalls at two different locations: The Merseyway Shopping Centre (8.45am to 5.30pm) and at Stockport Train Station (7am-10am and 4pm-8pm).
In addition, our General Manager Collin delivered a mental health talk to pupils at Hulme Hall Grammar School on the morning of #wmhd16.
Hulme Hall Grammar donated over £1000 to our cause – so a massive thanks go out to them – and at our stalls we raised £288.27, all down to the kindness of local people.
We held conversations about mental health with everyone who came to see us, and also had a wide array of leaflets on different areas of mental health available for people to take away.
This came in addition to Stockport Mind wristbands, pens, and also some stickers which National Mind kindly provided.
We were joined by Darren Bee, North West Regional Coordinator for Time to Change, one of Darren’s Time to Change Champions Phil, and Alison, a volunteer from Lifeline. They kindly helped us to spread the word and hold conversations about mental health.
We would like to say a big thanks to everyone who came to say hello, chat or donate; to Hulme Hall Grammar for their fantastic donation; to our brilliant Stockport Mind Volunteers who manned stalls alongside staff on the day; to Darren, Phil, and Alison; and to all staff and people connected with our organisation who worked behind the scenes to make the day possible.
It was great to hear so many people talk openly about mental health, including experiences personal to them or those around them, and we look forward to doing the same for World Mental Health Day 2017.