For World Mental Health Day this year, we were part of several events which brought people together to raise awareness, and talk more about mental health.
On Friday 8 October, with our friends at Age UK Stockport, we had a get-together in Bramhall Park. This was for participants and volunteers of our social isolation and engagement-related services. This opportunity to get out and about again, supporting each other and socialising, was enjoyed by all.
A few days prior, our Chairperson, Shirley Williams and trustee, Dr Yvonne Awenat, were welcomed to Aquinas 6th Form College to listen and talk to their students about mental health, provide helpful leaflets (‘How to cope with student life’ was particularly popular), and importantly to get their ideas on what might help them to be/stay mentally well. Congratulations to Aquinas College, particularly teacher Ruth Hewitt (Mental Health First Aid Champion) and her colleagues, for doing all the work to make this happen.
And then this week, our Carers’ Support Service ran a trip to RHS Garden Bridgewater in Worsley, Salford.
Carers enjoyed a wellbeing session with the site’s Wellbeing Leader, which included mindful activities like bulb planting and painting slates. They were also showed around the wellbeing garden, as well as having a walk and a brew in the café.
We also presented a number of mini ‘thank you’ sessions to staff at Quanta Law, who have done some brilliant fundraising for us. We have been their Charity of the Year and so far they have raised more than £1600 to support our local services.
Thank you to everyone who has been part of these activities with us, it has been lovely to get back out and about with you.
The theme for World Mental Health Day this year was ‘Mental Health in an unequal world’. You can read more about this via the World Federation for Mental Health website here.