18 September 2018

Dawn til dusk celebration to mark World Mental Health Day

Dawn Till Dusk FlierPeople across North Somerset are being invited to boost their mental health by taking part in a series of events to mark World Mental Health Day.

The Dawn til Dusk celebration, which takes place in Clevedon on Wednesday 10 October, includes an early morning dip in Clevedon Marine Lake, mindfulness sessions, a lantern parade and a seminar charting the history of mental health.

The event is organised by Warriors of Wellbeing, which is a collaboration between Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), North Somerset Council and local charities supporting mental health and wellbeing.

The event aims to raise awareness of mental health conditions, encourage those who may be struggling with their mental health to seek support and to break down the stigma attached to mental health conditions.

AWP's Clinical Director for North Somerset, Eva Dietrich, said: "We are very excited about this event and would like to encourage as many people as possible to attend. An early morning swim, mindfulness sessions and the other activities can really have an impact on mood and how you manage your feelings. We want people to embrace this event and take a moment to think about their own mental health and how they are feeling.

"If you are struggling, or you are worried about someone who is, the single most important thing you can do is start a conversion, either about yourself or your friend or loved one."

Event timeline:
6.15am - dawn dip hosted by Swimpigs and Swimmable at Clevedon Marine Lake
6.15pm - mindfulness session on Clevedon Pier
6.45pm - lantern parade from Clevedon Pier to the Salthouse Pub led by The Ambling Band
8pm - seminar on the history of mental health in North Somerset by AWP Psychiatrist Dr Tiff Earle and lived experience expert Steve Budd, looking at the history from both a patient and doctor's perspective

Free lantern building workshops for the procession are being hosted by Create Together and will take place on Thursday 27 September at Clevedon Town Council Offices, Old Street, Clevedon, from 3pm until 5pm.

For more information visit the Warriors of Wellbeing Facebook page.

Warriors of Wellbeing is a collaboration between North Somerset Council, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership and local charities supporting mental health, who want to change how the wider community view mental health. They now have over 20 partner organisations and recently celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week in May with the Feelgood Festival held in Weston super Mare. The festival is already booked for Saturday 18 May 2019 to return bigger and better. They have raised more than £3,000 for local mental health charities.


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