12 October 2018
Dawn til dusk celebrations mark World Mental Health Day (1)
At 6.15am on Wednesday 10 October in
Clevedon, a crowd of around 50 swimmers gathered at the Marine Lake
for a cold-water swim. The dip marked the start of the Warriors of
Wellbeing's Dawn til Dusk event to celebrate World Mental Health
Warriors of Wellbeing is a
collaboration between Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health
Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), North Somerset Council, Second Step
and other local charities supporting mental health and wellbeing.
Their aims are to raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce
the stigmas attached, promote wellbeing and encourage those who
find themselves struggling to seek help.
The dawn swim, hosted by Swim Pigs and Swimmable, highlighted
the health benefits of cold-water swimming as well as treating the
hardy participants to a perfect sunrise over the Clevedon
The day culminated in a mindfulness
meditation on Clevedon Pier as the sun began to set. The value of
relaxation for supporting good mental health has long been
established. The amassed group, now well in excess of the 80 who
participated in the mindfulness, began a lantern-lit parade from
the pier to the Salthouse Pub, kindly led by the Ambling Band. The
parade gathered interest and more followers as it made its way
along Clevedon seafront.
The day was rounded off with a seminar on the history of mental
health at the Salthouse Pub led by AWP's Consultant Psychiatrist,
Dr Tiff Earle and AWP Involvement Co-ordinator Steve Budd.
Dr Earle, who took part in the swim said: "Jumping into a cold
lake in the early morning of an October day is not something I ever
thought I would do, but I have to say it was exhilarating and
certainly gave me a boost.
"We wanted the events in Clevedon to give people the chance to
boost their wellbeing and to think about their mental health,
whilst enjoying the activities. It was great to see so many people
join in and I hope we have helped to raise the profile of mental
health conditions and help to reduce the stigma associated with
Cllr Jill Iles, North Somerset
Council's assistant executive member with responsibility for public
health, said: "I'm delighted so many people took part in the Dawn
'til Dusk events, particularly those hardy souls who braved the
Dawn Dip on a cold October morning! Events like these, and others
run by the Warriors of Wellbeing, are so important for raising
awareness about the issues of mental health. The more we can talk
about mental health and the ways in which we can help each other,
the quicker we can end the stigma associated with having a mental
health diagnosis and encourage more people who find themselves
struggling to reach out and ask for help."
Warriors of Wellbeing would like to thank all those involved, in
particular the Salthouse Pub for being so accommodating.