10 October 2014

Weston marks World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day on Friday (10 October) is being marked in Weston-super-Mare by the Carlton Centre which is bringing together a range of organisations who work to support individuals with mental health needs.

A series of displays by North Somerset based organisations will focus on the positive partnership working and community involvement in the town by highlighting a range of activities which support those with mental health issues and, in particular, those trying to get back into work.

In addition to focusing on recent successes such as Weston in Bloom, walking, mindfulness and football, they will also highlight future opportunities, community initiatives and the Carlton Centre's contribution to North Somerset Council's Work Club.

The centre is funded by a partnership of North Somerset Council and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and its work includes:

  • Organising classes with local training providers (Weston College, the Community Learning team and the Workers' Educational Association).
  • Offering engagement and healthy lifestyle classes and opportunities.
  • Co-ordinating and developing work experience and volunteering in partnership with the North Somerset Work Club.
  • Addressing unmet need and preventative approaches towards health and mental health.

Organisations and services exhibiting on Friday at the centre include the '1in4 People Service', Positive Step, the work club, representatives from walking groups and from the Weston Warriors Ability football club, plus a number of specialist teams from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Trust.  

  The event will run at the Carlton Centre from 10am to noon and there will also be the opportunity to have a "tea and talk" session over refreshments.

  Emma Westcott, North Somerset Work Club Co-ordinator, said: "I am delighted to be working with the Carlton Centre  to help mental health service users to find work. This is a key piece in the jigsaw of local recovery services."

  Stephen Budd, North Somerset Involvement Co-ordinator, added: "One in four people will experience mental health problems in their lifetime, so Friday's event at the Carlton Centre is a wonderful opportunity for people in the town to find out more about the work that goes on behind the scenes to help those who have experienced mental health issues."

In addition to the Carlton Centre event, Weston Warriors Ability football club is organising a six-a-side North Somerset recovery football tournament. This is being held at the Hans Price Academy in Weston on Saturday 11 October between 10.30am and 4pm, aimed at those agencies who work with mental health service users in the area.

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