Everyone is invited to join in a special celebration of World Mental Health Day on Saturday, 10th October at the Swindon Central Library.
A host of stalls will be marking the occasion, offering a wide range of free information and advice, which runs from 9.30am until 2pm.
The Alzheimer’s Society is amongst the organisations to attend and at midday it will run a Dementia Friends session, giving people an insight into the condition which will affect one in three people aged over 65.
Throughout the morning there’s a Tea and Talk session to raise awareness of the Mental Health Foundation and give other organisations an opportunity to outline the support they provide.
Swindon Wiltshire Alcohol And Drug Service (SWADS), LIFT psychology, Samaritans, Mind, Citizens Advice Bureau, B-eat and My Care My Support will all be part of the event, which aims to improve people’s understanding of mental health problems and break down stigmas.
The theme for this year is ‘dignity in mental health’, which will help people with issues overcome low confidence and self-esteem, withdrawal and social isolation.
In addition to experts on hand, people can also find out about and borrow a varied collection of Books on Prescription. These books, endorsed by health professionals and funded from Arts Council England, help people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing through self-help reading. Anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders are amongst the subjects covered.
Cherry Jones, Swindon Borough Council Director of Public Health, said: “World Mental Health Day is a good opportunity to raise awareness and highlight the importance of everyone’s mental wellbeing. At some point in our lives, one in four of us will be affected by a mental health condition so it’s very common and something we should feel able and comfortable to talk about. This event is a gathering of people and organisations demonstrating the wealth of free information and support available, so I encourage everyone to join in and learn something new.”