04 October 2018

Let us talk about mental health

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In support of World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is hosting a vibrant day of activities and stalls aimed at overcoming the stigma surrounding mental health and highlighting the Swindon support network.

'Let us talk about Mental Health' is taking place between 11.30am and 4pm at Sandalwood Court, Highworth Road, Swindon, SN3 4WF.

The day's events include:

• The launch of the annual exhibition from the Reflective Journey's Camera Club
• A performance from the Carer's Choir with support and information for carers and young carers from the Swindon Carers' Centre
• Five-a-side football sessions with Be Active
• Basic fitness assessment from the Active Life team
• Wellbeing centred activities with Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind
• Art and music in wellbeing with IPSUM
• Information on drug and alcohol services in Swindon from Turning Point
• Health Ambassadors from Swindon Borough Council providing health and wellbeing, dietary information and advice on physical activity
• A display of the wellbeing activity groups and allotment project from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

AWP's Operational Lead for Swindon, Jason Everett, said: "It's fantastic to see so many partnership organisations coming together for World Mental Health Day in Swindon. The event is about raising awareness of the importance of good mental health, the signs and symptoms to look out for if someone is struggling, and smashing the stigma around mental health conditions and neurodiversity.

"The event really highlights the support network available in Swindon, each organisation contributing an engaging element to the day while approaching mental health from their specialist sector. With the variety of activities on offer there's something to appeal to everyone."

North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, Wiltshire and Swindon are all celebrating World Mental Health Day through different local events, working towards building a community that doesn't shy away from the subject of mental health and neurodiversity.

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