09 Oct 2014
Patients and staff at West London Mental Health NHS Trust will be embracing this year’s World Mental Health Day (10 October) by participating in a range of activities including a baking event, sporting competitions and discussion groups.
World Mental Health Day is an annual day for global mental health education and awareness aimed at reducing the stigma that often surrounds mental health conditions. The initiative was launched in 1992 by the World Health Organisation and this year’s theme is ‘living with schizophrenia’.
During this Friday:
- clinicians and patients will be staging a garden party at the Wolsey Wing at St Bernards Hospital, Ealing;
- a friendly five a side football match will take place between patients and staff and police officers from the Metropolitan Police at the mental health unit on the Charing Cross Hospital site;
- patients and staff at the Back on Track psychological therapies service in White City will be hosting a baking competition, with a mental health theme;
- a badminton tournament between clinicians and staff will take place at the gym at St Bernard Hospital;
- service users will be discussing what it’s like living with schizophrenia as well as how recovery groups work. This will take place at the Orchard and Three Bridges Assessment Unit;
- trust staff will be highlighting mental health services at a stand positioned at Ealing Hospital;
- clinicians and patients will be staging an exercise and wellbeing day, offering different types of food, drink and exercises during the day.
The trust’s chief executive Steve Shrubb said: “World Mental Health Day is an important date in our calendar for our staff and our patients. It is a fantastic opportunity for people to talk about mental health, understand the impact of stigma and why we all need to be more understanding so people are not afraid to ask for help when they most need it. It also gives us an opportunity to do all we can to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness while engaging and working collaboratively with our patients, carers, partners and local people so they can hear more about our services and work.”