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World Mental Health Day

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY IN BEDFORD BOROUGH

NEW ART AND POETRY DISPLAY AND NEW EXERCISE PROGRAMMES

 

1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. Tuesday 10 October 2017 is World Mental Health Day.

 

Bedford Borough Council is working with the county’s mental health provider, East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), to deliver a programme of events on the day. The events will highlight the importance of people being able to talk about mental health problems and to tackle stigma associated with mental ill-health.

 

From 11am – 2pm, Bedford Borough Council’s Sports Development Team and ELFT’s Break The Stigma campaign will be delivering a range of activities outside Bedford Central Library including a smoothie bike, table tennis and mindful yoga.

 

In the afternoon, from 3pm – 6pm at The Higgins Bedford, there will be a launch event of an art and poetry display which has been created by people with experience of mental health services. Led by Ben Salmons from Break The Stigma campaign working with a local artist, Damon Poulton, and ELFT drama therapist, Andy Critchley, people have been creating works of art and writing poetry through a series of workshops over several weeks. The display will be at The Higgins Bedford from 10th October till the end of the year.

 

The launch event at The Higgins Bedford will be a tea party with speakers; table tennis; art, poetry and music workshops and spaces for people to talk to local organisations such as CHUMS, The Samaritans, local mental health services and MIND.

 

Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health said: “The collaboration between Break The Stigma, Sports Development and The Higgins Bedford is fantastic. Their shared aim is to tackle the stigma people may experience about mental health and to encourage people to talk about their feelings and get the right help. The Higgins Bedford is developing its role as a place of well-being and will be hosting mindful table tennis and mindful wellbeing walks from October in addition to weekly yoga and weekly Tai-Chi sessions already running at the museum.”

 

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “I’ve attended #JustTurnUp sessions and feedback from participants is about what a positive impact the sessions have had on their lives. It’s given people the confidence to go out and be active, improving both their physical and mental wellbeing.”

 

For further information about the Mindful Sport Sessions, The Let’s Break the Stigma Campaign or local mental health services, please contact Robert Lindsay at Bedford Borough Council on 01234 718829.

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