Newcastle/Gateshead/North East Mental Health and Time To Change day is to be held at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle on Saturday 5th October .
It’ll build on previous Newcastle (and surrounding areas) mental health days at the same venue, but also be a big Time to Change event. It’ll be bigger and broader than either would be separately, with a wider range and reach, but to get something of an idea of what a previous Newcastle MH day looked like, click here , and for an idea of the Time To Change “village” that we’ll have, click here.
The village is dedicated to the anti-stigma work of Time To Change, and will aim to increase social contacts between those who’ve experienced mental distress and those who haven’t, in order to dispel myths and tackle discrimination.
Then there will be lots of spaces and covered stalls (or suburbs if you like, to extend the village metaphor) where local and regional groups and organisations, large and small, user and carer led and from the statutory and voluntary/community sectors can showcase what they do, thus offering help and information, raising the profile of mental health and the services and advice available to people. In excess of 70 organisations have expressed interest so far, and more are doing so daily.
There will be great interplay between the two aspects, with performances, music and dancing on a “village green” area, a cinema for showing local people and services’ short films, a tea room etc. Basically, whatever people and services are suggesting we’re doing our best to accommodate: confirmed to date are choirs, jive and lindy-hop dancers, performance poets, rock bands and capoeira (look it up), and the line-up keeps growing.
So an event with two complementary sides to it, and lots of potential for a considerable combined impact. Everyone with any connection to mental health (and we’re defining that broadly, as is only right) is welcome have some sort of presence on the day, and there’s stall space for everyone (we’re all sharing) in what will be a grand, non-proprietary (not owned by any one organisation, but by us all collectively, in the North East together) event, which will also allow organisations to network, put faces to names and generally get to know one another a little better. The next big planning meeting is on the 5th of September 11am in the big room (the Soup Kitchen) at Launchpad. If you’re interested and want to take part, in what will be a spectacular and entertaining day with a great purposes, or are just keen to find out a little more, please just contact Alisdair via the details below:
LAUNCHPAD Team Leader, Vice-Chair MHNE, Board member Net (North East together), NSUN
NTWSU&C n/wk co-chair (with Mish Loraine)
(for network business: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Offices 210 and 211,
Holy Jesus Hospital,
Newcastle upon Tyne,