A round-up of our events of what we did to promote World Mental Health Day
A round-up of our events to promote World Mental Health Day
On 10 October, we marked ‘World Mental Health Day’. This year the focus was on Depression. Here’s what happened across the Trust and locally to mark World Mental Health Day:
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - New Website
On World Mental Health day CAMHS launched a new website, which was requested by the CAMHS young people’s group - CAMHS 5star forum. The website contains innovative ‘You Tube’ videos in which young people tell of their experiences of mental ill-health and their positive experiences of CAMHS. There are also links to advice and support for specific conditions. The project has arisen from young people’s concerns about the lack of awareness for mental health in their environments which slowed down their access to CAMHS. A demonstration of the website took place in the Hollins Park reception. View the site at www.camhswhoami.co.uk
Skin Camouflage Service
CAMHS hosted a stall in Hollins Park main entrance on the new Medical Skin Camouflage Service. Service users were on hand to explain the benefits of this innovative service which offers a medical skin camouflage for people who have self-harmed and want to conceal their scars so they can take part in everyday activities such as swimming. The service is now set up and will be operational across the Trust from the end of October.
Well done to the following teams with their events to mark World Mental Health Day:
- The Older Persons Community Mental Health Team in St Helens hosted a stall in the reception of Whiston Hospital to raise awareness of the service they provide.
- The Therapeutic Activity team at Leigh infirmary based on Lakeside and Cavendish acute wards held several events to promote World Mental Health Day including: Tai-Chi, Bingo, Karaoke, relaxation and much more! Each service user who took part in an activity received a certificate of attendance and a raffle ticket with a chance to win prizes donated by local stores. Activities were followed with a buffet for service users and staff and senior management. A fun time was had by all! Well done to Christine Foster and Michael Walker.
- The Warrington & Halton Early Intervention Team manned a stall at Riverside College in Widnes in order to support World Mental Health Day, Wednesday 10th October. The Team, based at St Johns Unit in Widnes, specialises in the early recognition and treatment of early psychosis from the age of 14 up to 35. Riverside boasts in excess of 5, 000 Students across two sites and the EI Team worked hard to promote awareness and reduce stigma around mental health issues and educate people about good health and wellbeing. The EI practitioners linked in with the Additional Learning Team, mentors, tutors and students and promoted the Sticks and Stones Campaign, the State of Mind Project and services offered locally by the Trust. (Pictured together are Rachael Kane - Occupational therapist, Melanie Dwyer 3rd year mental health nurse, and Natalie Richards - CPN.)
There were five events promoting Primary Care Psychology Service (IAPT) Ashton, Leigh and Wigan:
- Wigan Life Centre an all -day event in the Reception Area - A manned pull-up display sporting our new advertising campaign. Attended by Paul Campbell Clinical Psychologist and Karen Davies Team Manager. We gave out leaflets promoting our service and emotional well-being tips.
- Chandler House, Wigan, same as above manned by Paula Cunliffe and Stephen Reed, High Intensity Therapist gave out at least 200 leaflets.
- Leigh Health Centre, same as above manned by Jenny Bridges, and Sarah Hannah, High Intensity Therapists.
- St Peter’s Sports Pavillion, Hindley, Wigan same as above manned by Janice Bridge Senior CBT Therapist.
- TESCO Hindley Wigan, leaflets given out by Stephen Morley and Kieran Mugan.
Our Trust's 'Sticks and Stones' campaign and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team hosted stands at an event at Warrington Market to raise awareness of the help available for those suffering from mental ill-health, run and volunteered mainly by Warrington Mental Health Forum Service Users.
From 10am until 3pm shoppers had the opportunity to browse stalls within the market hall. These included a display of art work and poetry produced by people with experience of mental ill-health.
Warrington LINk and Warrington Health Forum
Warrington LINk and Warrington Health Forum invited service users and carers to go along for some tea, cake and a chat at Golden Square Community Space. LINk have created a special edition newsletter dedicated to Mental Health, full of top tips about support groups and creative ideas to help service users cope – you can view it by clicking here.
Well done to everyone who held events to promote World Mental Health Day!
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