Our call for support on World Mental Health Day

23rd September 2015

We are inviting people to get behind a global campaign to get people talking about the effects of living with mental illness on World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October 2015).

The annual event takes place across the world on Saturday 10 October and Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind hopes to raise awareness of this year’s theme - what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity. 

Many of the people we work with have been treated unfairly and in some cases even cruelly because of their mental ill-health which not only causes great distress but can result in them withdrawing further from society and causing their health to deteriorate further. 

Through our projects, we support 1,000 local people every year with a range of mental illnesses giving them the help they need to live life to the full. 

Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind is inviting local community groups, businesses, friends and individuals to hold fund-raisers for them on 10 October. 

Already several events are taking place in Scarborough on Saturday 10th October to raise much needed funds for the charity with all proceeds going to help people in the local community. 

An afternoon concert called Mind Music is being held in Scarborough Library in Vernon Road from noon to 2pm featuring a whole host of music from classical and jazz to rock and songs from hit musicals Chess and Sunset Boulevard. 

Tickets to see the performance by musicians David Ives and Jamie Kershaw cost just £5 and can be purchased in advance from the charity or on the door. 

The concert will feature a mixture of classical and jazz solos including pieces by Mozart and Chopin to songs by Elton John, Eva Cassidy and Meatloaf while there will also be music from hit musicals Chess and Sunset Boulevard. 

Later on that evening, from 8pm to 11.30pm at Scarborough’s Corporation Club there will be an Acoustic Originals World Mental Health Day gig. 

There will be sets from Carrie Martin, Echotwin, Lottie Holmes, Jez Ech and Lewis Marrow. 

Entry to the gig is free but donations will be welcome and will be split between Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind and other local mental health charities. 

We will also be holding a street collection to raise funds on 10 October between 10am and 3pm in Scarborough Town Centre where its staff will also be on hand to speak to people. 

Head of Finance and Compliance, Carl Maw said: “It’s important that we tackle the fear and awkwardness that people feel around talking about mental health. Only then can we break down some of the stigma around having a mental illness. 

“Fund-raising for us is one way we can help people who are living in our community by supporting them to live the lives they want to live regardless of their mental health difficulties. 

“We would be so grateful to anyone interested in supporting us with raising money for us on World Mental Health Day or by attending one of the concerts taking place on the day.” 

Tickets will be on sale in advance for the Mind Music Concert at Scarborough Library from Scarborough Music at 34 Huntriss Row and Mojo’s Music Café at 55 Victoria Road in Scarborough. They will also be available on the door on the day. 

 If you would like to support the charity by holding a fund-raiser or for more information call Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind on (01723) 588008 or email info@swrmind.org.uk 

 SWR Mind can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SWRMind1, follow us on Twitter @swrmind1, log onto their website www.swrmind.org.uk or call (01723) 588008.