Within our lifetime we will all, in some way, be effected by mental health. Whether this is a personal experience, or experiencing it through a family member or friend, each year The Mental Health Foundation encourage us to get talking, and help understanding. This years World Mental Health day looks to focusing on the positive aspects of mental health in later life. Whilst we are all aware of the loneliness, isolation and depression that can take place in later life, statistics released this year actually show that on average people aged 55 and over have a greater life satisfaction than people aged between 25-54. Tomorrow, The Mental Health Foundation are asking all of us to celebrate the in enjoying a full and active later life, and being involved in the community.
World Mental Health day also marks a time for us to raise awareness locally, and on Thursday 10 October York Mind, York St John University, the Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and City of York Council are doing their part in a series of events across the city.
Tomorrow, you’ll find York Mind at Parliament street, taking part in a challenge fundraiser with the York Mind Team taking part in a static-cycling challenge ‘To Hull and Back’. They’ll also be hosting an information stand at Network Rail, raising awareness for mental health and the work that they do. Whilst Network Rail employee are giving back by raising money for the charity by taking part in Wear It Blue for work.
Across at Sycamore House on Clarence Street a joint projects between Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and City of York Council will be unveiled as a Mental Health Resource and Reader Cafe. Open from 11am -3pm, entry is free and everyone is welcome to find out about what this project will bring to the city.
York St John University are also hoping to diminish the stigma associated with talking about mental health by hosting a Mental Health Awareness Day, inviting students to take part. The day, conducted by the Student Union, Student Services, YSJ Active and Occupational Therapy Department will see a range of information stalls, including York Mind, offering advice throughout the day. There will also be a range of talks and activities including Nordic Walking, Cake Decorating & Acupressure Massage.
Across the city these events hope to banish the ‘black dog’ and get people talking and understanding how we can help ourselves and each other when it comes to mental health.
For more information on World Mental Health day click here.