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Residents in west London take part in mental health awareness walk for World Mental Health Day

15 Oct 2019

West London NHS Trust, in partnership with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, screened the documentary ‘Evelyn’ last Sunday (13 October) at the Musical Museum in Brentford followed by a 5km mental health awareness walk along the River Thames.

Evelyn is a poignant film about how a family pick up the pieces after their son and brother took his own life. The walk and talk was organised to give those attending the opportunity to talk about the film and about mental health, to reduce the stigma around talking about it.

Local resident Elaine said: “The film provided an opportunity to discuss and explore the painful issue of suicide. The honesty and courage of Evelyn’s family and friends truly opened up this difficult subject.”

Despite the rainy weather conditions, more than 60 residents then took part in a mental health awareness walk along the River Thames. Qualified therapists and counsellors were on hand to talk to the walkers about any mental health conditions they might face.

Michelle Nielsen, West London NHS Trust’s Occupational Therapy Technician, explained: “We have found that physical health and mental health are very much linked and exercise can help with your mental wellbeing. Our walk and talk events have always been popular and are a great opportunity to meet new people and talk openly about mental health.”