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World Mental Health Day: what's on near you

Please note: This article mentions the terms suicide and suicide prevention.

Thursday 10th October marks World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness of mental health issues and how to support those around you, be they family, friends, colleagues or acquaintances.

The theme for World Mental Health Day this year is suicide prevention. It is also the launch day of Public Health England’s ‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign, encouraging adults to be more aware of their mental health and help them discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

To mark the day, we contacted some of our community partners to ask them what they were doing to highlight mental health this week.

If you know of an organisation holding an event, please contact us here and let us know.

Here’s just some of the empowering events going on across Wirral this week, raising awareness of World Mental Health Day:

Be Well – Suicide Prevention Workshop

  • Be Wirral will be holding a Suicide Prevention Workshop, working together with The Open Door Centre. The session will focus on teaching people to recognise signs, and have the confidence to ask about suicidal intention and know where to signpost. 
  • Bloom Building, 3 Abbey Close, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5FQ.
  • 10th October 12pm-1.30pm.
  • FREE entry, tickets must be booked via Eventbrite here.
  • Open to anybody over the age of 16.

Every Mind Matters

There is a free NHS-approved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, with which you can build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and help you feel more in control. To learn more about how to care for your mental health and create your own action plan, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/.

Forum Housing

All are invited to join Forum at their event as local services and initiatives present their own workshop space for residents to engage with throughout the day.

  • Thursday 10th October.
  • 10am – 4pm (with lunch provided from 12pm).
  • The Market Wells Project, 13 Price Street, Birkenhead, CH41 6HA.

Paul Lavelle Foundation

  • Cold water swimming in New Brighton’s Marine Lake to reduce isolation – and it’s invigorating to say the least!
  • Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7.20am.
  • Open to all.
  • Please contact Paul Lavelle Foundation on Facebook for more information.

Spider Project - Build A Bag of Positivity day

  • Take part in making and designing a tote bag with other creative sessions to fill your bag throughout the day.
  • Spider Project, 56 Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, CH41 5AE.
  • Thursday 10th October from 10am.
  • Free entry, anyone over the age of 18 may attend.

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral - Treat Yourself Thursday

  • A day self-care activities for adult women on World Mental Health day with massage, mindfulness, nails and more. Treat yourself to some ‘you’ time at TWW. An event promoting wellbeing, relaxation, self support for Wirral women 18+.
  • Location – Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, Beckwith Street East, Birkenhead. CH41 3JE.
  • 10th October 2019 9am – 3:30pm.
  • Activities free of charge – donations always welcome! (Plus a £1 per ticket raffle will be available on the day).
  • If you’re not already registered at Tomorrow’s Women, you can register Monday to Friday 9am – 2:30pm.

West Kirby Library

  • On World Mental Health Day, Hilary Scott, a professional relaxation therapist will offer a free group introduction to breathworks, meditation and mindfulness.
  • Location: West Kirby Library.
  • Sessions are open to all adults, just turn up.
  • 11.00am and 2.30pm.

Wirral CAMHS – ‘Just Ask’

  • Not able to get out and about to an event? Wirral CAMHS’ are promoting their ‘Just Ask’ campaign and art project, encouraging people to ask others how they are feeling as this can help prevent suicide.
  • The campaign is open to all, beginning on 10th October until February 2020.
  • Various Wirral schools, youth groups and organisations are taking part in the project. A street artist will guide young people in creating a group art project at Wirral CAMHS on World Mental Health Day. The service, which supports young people on their journey with mental health, is asking people to photograph any art-based projects or pieces and send these in to be included in a wider community art project.
  • For more information email: cwp.WirralPMHW@nhs.net

Wirral Mind - World Mental Health Day event focusing on suicide prevention.

  • Wirral Mind will be marking this very important day with a host of fantastic activities starting with a Wellbeing Breakfast from 10am - 11am. They will be joined by Noubalm & Angela Macaulay Therapies offering complimentary holistic therapies. The event will also offer relaxation & meditation sessions, mindfulness colouring, rock painting and origami throughout the day. Summer Strum Hoylake will also be wowing attendees with a few songs.
  • There will be a focus on sharing ideas on how we can improve and maintain our own wellbeing.
  • Location: Wirral Mind's Fountain Project (90-92 Chester Street, Birkenhead, CH41 5DL) from 10am - 4pm.
  • No booking required - simply turn up on the day to show your support for better mental health.

Wirral Shared Reading Community (at Wirral Libraries)

While not strictly World Mental Health Day themed, Wirral’s Shared Reading Community will host a series of events this week, courtesy of The Reader organization aimed at reducing social isolation and self-esteem. New members are welcome to all, with various refreshments available.

You can read more about Wirral’s Shared Reading Community here, and attend any of the following reading groups on Thursday 10th October:

  • St James Library, Birkenhead: 10am-11:30am.
  • Rock Ferry Library, Birkenhead: 10am-11.30am.
  • St Mary's Church, Upton: 10.30am-12pm.
  • Birkenhead Central Library: 1pm-3.30pm.
  • West Kirby Library: 5pm-6.30pm.

If you'd like to attend any of the events or learn a little more, please contact each organisation directly via their website or social media platforms.

To watch our video about Wirral’s ‘Gatekeeper’ suicide prevention training being delivered to hundreds across the borough, click here.