For several years now, each October, Launchpad and many other mental health agencies in and around Newcastle have marked World Mental Health Day (WMHD) with a big event at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle. This year’s event will be bigger than any previous ones, covering the whole North east region, with more groups, stalls, activities and information, and particularly good representation from older people’s organisations as the 2013 WMHD theme is the mental health of older people.
Making the event even more special is the collaboration with Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness: they have marvellously arranged to set up a ‘pop up’ village to challenge mental health stigma. The village will include a tea shop, a village green, a cinema, a lifestyle tent, a young people’s zone, a post office, and more, all specially designed so that members of the public can enjoy activities and learn more about mental health from people with a personal experience. Evidence suggests that this kind of contact is one of the most effective ways of breaking down stigma and improving attitudes.
We’ve also arranged a broad variety of acts for your entertainment and delight, including choirs, performance poets, bands, jive and lindy-hop dancers.to name but a few. 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.
So, the big day is Saturday, October 5th, from 10am to 4pm at Grey’s Monument and we promise you won’t be able to miss us.
Further details of how to get involved/have a presence/get posters for the event, please contact Alisdair Cameron at Launchpad: firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 2330382 or Angela Slater from Time to Change email@example.com 07813979080