World Mental Health Day

10 October 2016

We are encouraging people to take part in World Mental Health Day today (Monday 10th October).

The annual event takes place across the world and Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind (SWR Mind) hopes to raise awareness of this year’s theme - psychological first aid and the support people can provide to someone in crisis or distress.

Crises are not just limited to the stories we hear about in the news – all around us people often experience personal crisis such as a job loss, death of a loved one or experiencing a serious illness for example.

There are also people who experience abuse or violence all of which increases stress and the likelihood of mental health problems.

Although SWR Mind is not a crisis service we do support people to make sure they get the right help in a crisis. We work with people to prevent a crisis, by creating crisis plans for people so they have a clear and simple plan to follow if they become unwell and helping people build wide support networks so they have somewhere or someone to turn to.

SWR Mind will be holding a Tea and Talk Session on Monday 10th October in partnership with FirstLight Trust from 2pm to 3pm at Sharpe’s Café on Queen Street, Scarborough.

People can pop along, have a relaxed cuppa and a chat with staff and volunteers from Mind and FirstLight Trust, whether to chat about mental health or the work of either organisation. In Whitby, there will be a tombola running at the Whitby Mind Shop to raise funds for SWR Mind to support local people and Mind Retail who help fund the national Mind charity in their vital campaigning work.

Sophie Hall, chief executive of SWR Mind said: “World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to invite community groups, businesses, friends and individuals to open up and have a conversation about mental health and general wellbeing.

"This could be a formal “tea and talk” – getting together friends, family or colleagues for cake and a cuppa, or simply ringing a few friends that you haven’t spoken to in a while to see how they’re doing. If you’re feeling isolated, a friendly voice can make all the difference!

Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind can be contacted on (01723) 356562, visit www.swrmind.org.uk and email info@swrmind.org.uk