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Today is World Mental Health Day

10 Oct 2019

Today (Thursday 10 October) is World Mental Health Day, which this year’s theme is suicide prevention. The Day is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) who are encouraging people to do the following:

  • Improve awareness of the significance of suicide as a global public health problem;
  • Improve knowledge of what can be done to prevent suicide;
  • Reduce the stigma associated with suicide;
  • Let people who are struggling know that they are not alone.

At the Trust, there are lots going on for us to recognise this important date. Stay tuned for the following:

  • We hear from Shushila Ganger, a mental health advisor at our helpline¬†(SPA), who opens up about a time where she handled a call from a young man about to take his own life.
  • We summarise our annual Trust football tournament.
  • The Mayor of London is announcing a new homelessness initiative, as it is also World Homelessness Day – we explore how we’re involved in this.
  • We will highlight the importance of suicide prevention training.
  • We have a special guest visiting a school in Feltham which Hounslow CAMHS supports.
  • Please do show your appreciation and support for those shortlisted for tonight’s Quality Awards, our annual staff awards ceremony. We will be live tweeting using the hashtag #QA2019Live which we hope you’ll do the same!
  • On Friday, Virendra Sharma MP is hosting a wellbeing fair to which our Ealing OT team will be present with a stall. If you can, do pop over there to support them.
  • On Sunday, we are hosting a ‘Walk and Talk’ event which we’ll cover and summarise when it happens.

The above will all be promoted via our website and social media channels.

(Picture credit: WHO)