World Mental Health Day 2017
Date: 10 October 2017
One in four people will experience mental health and wellbeing issues at some point in their lives and Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) is joining with partners and providers this World Mental Health Day to raise the importance of workplace support.
KMPT is supporting the ‘Time to Change’ campaign to end mental health discrimination and staff will take part in an event hosted by Kent County Council (KCC)at Stone Hall, County Hall, Maidstone with stalls, speakers and alternative therapies.
KMPT is one of a number of organisations who has signed a Time to Change organisational pledge to support mental health in the workplace.
Helen Greatorex, Chief Executive, KMPT, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in World Mental Health Day and support this annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy. As a major employer in Kent we are committed to supporting our workforce’s mental health.”
KMPT will also host stalls at Canterbury Christchurch University’s event at Augustine House promoting the trust’s ‘Live it Library’, an online resource which shares powerful stories of people with lived experience. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about working for the NHS and within mental health. The Christchurch Community and Student Radio station (CRSfm) will be broadcasting throughout the day and will be interviewing service user Nick Petrie about his forthcoming role as a volunteer radio presenter.
KMPT staff will host events throughout the day which include self-care activities at the Turner Contemporary Gallery (1pm – 3pm), Margate which will involve making Tibetan prayer flags and a self-care wall. Staff will also provide information on KMPT services and leaflets on managing mental health and wellbeing.
The trust’s Woodchurch Ward at the Thanet Mental Health Unit will host a coffee morning for patients and carers to provide information and advice from 10am- 11.30am including coffee and cake. Jasmine Ward will also be encouraging conversations about mental health with mindfulness sessions for staff and patients throughout the day.
Don’t forget, let’s talk mental health all year – not just today!