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World Mental Health Day

South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) is joining forces with partner organisations from around the county to celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2013 with events planned for Bedford and Luton.  The aim of the events is to combat stigma and discrimination against mental health, promote mental well-being across our communities and this year we are particularly focusing on arts, exercise and mental well-being.


Bedford Events

Let’s Get Physical

Date:  10 October 2013

Time:  10.00 – 14.00

Venue:  Church Square (Pigeon Square),  Bedford Town Centre


The Bedford event will be opened by Dave Hodgson, the elected Mayor of Bedford.  There will be lots of help and information available at stalls located in Church Square and music and entertainment throughout the day.  Including the creation of a massive human sculpture inspired by the Mandala symbol


Entertainment from:
• Barford Avenue All Stars (service user band)
• Physical Health Team (SEPT)
• Zumba / Pilates dancers
• The Bedford Giant Conga
• Music and dance throughout the day

Open your Mind to Arts

Time:  17.30 – 21.00

Venue:  Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP


Explore your creativity and find out how it can enhance wellbeing.  Interactive workshops, presentations, art exhibition, sculptures, poetry recital, live music, information and light refreshments.  Official opening by the Elected Mayor of the Borough of Bedford, Dave Hodgson and an appearance by Max McMurdo star of Dragons Den and Fill Your House for Free. 

(Max takes everyday waste objects and playfully up-cycles them into beautiful accessories and functional pieces of furniture)


Luton Events

Make a Pledge

Date:   7 October – 10 October

Venue: First Floor, Luton Central Library, St George’s Square, Luton


Sheila Roden, Luton Mayor, will be making her pledge at 11.00 on 10 October – with all pledges linked to the Pledge Wall on www.time-to-change.org.uk


For the week of World Mental Health Day there will be a display available all week at Luton Central Library, including information from MIND, Time to Change, Mental Health Foundation and ImpactMH about mental health in the community. 


The display will be available all week but there will be staff and service users available on World Mental Health day (10 October) offering advice and information to visitors.

Gail Dearing, SEPT’s Associate Director of Social Care and Partnerships said:

“These events hope to inform people of the benefits of art and creativity for positive mental health, to dispel myths about mental health problems and show the wealth of talent and potential of those who encounter mental health difficulty and stigma in the wider community owing to misunderstanding.

With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems at some time in their lives, a better understanding amongst the general population is vital in helping people overcome these difficulties.”


Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “As a community, we are working together to combat stigma and discrimination towards people experiencing mental ill health. I am delighted to be opening this event. Being able to support those experiencing mental ill health in such a positive way, by informing people of how art and creativity can enhance their wellbeing, is extremely valuable.


"I want to congratulate all of the artists, the partner organisations and the volunteers who have helped make the ‘Open Your Mind to Arts’ events happen, and wish everyone all the very best for a successful Exhibition and Art Fair.”

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