A number of events are being held in Portsmouth to mark World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October.
The Good Mental Health Café is hosting extra workshops and activities in the Central Library from 2.00-6.30pm. These include debt and mental health run by the Citizen's Advice Bureau, a workshop for young people and a mindfulness session. Organisations such as the Carers Centre, Solent Mind, Talking Change and the Bereavement Centre will have stalls to discuss what support is available in the city to help with someone's mental wellbeing. Visit www.goodmentalhealth.org.uk for a full schedule and to register for this free event.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will be in Victoria Park from 11am - 2pm with some simple ideas of how to use nature and green spaces to reduce stress and help to improve your mental wellbeing. Visit www.hiwwt.org.uk/events for more information.
In addition, BH Live is hosting a #RunAndTalk event in Portsmouth on Monday 8 October to support local mental health. Starting from 6.30pm outside the Pyramids, it's a 3k route with options for walkers, joggers and runners. People with pushchairs and prams are also welcome. It is £2 per person to join in or free with a BH Live Active membership.
#RunAndTalk is an England Athletics campaign, supported by Mind the mental health charity. The idea is for people to run one mile or further whilst having a chat with friends, family, colleagues or other runners with the aim of improving mental wellbeing through exercise and breaking down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it. To join in with the Portsmouth run, register at RunTogether.co.uk.
Cllr Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Heath, Wellbeing & Social Care at Portsmouth City Council, said; "It's great to see a range of activity happening in the city for World Mental Health Day. The more openly we can talk about mental health, the more we reduce the stigma around it. This should help people to feel able to open up when their mental health is suffering.
We know that too many people are still keeping their distress to themselves because of the stigma and no-one is aware until it reaches crisis point. I hope people get a chance to join in with some activities and that it goes some way to improving how we all approach mental wellbeing in the city."