Carlisle to Mark World Mental Health Day

A special event to mark World Mental Health Day is planned for Carlisle city centre this Tuesday

By Dave Beattie

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According to the World Mental Health Day website one in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK. It can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or even get through the day.

It’s a shocking statistic, but what’s even more surprising is that the ill-informed stigma around mental health means that of these people only a quarter are currently receiving ongoing treatment, meaning the majority are coping alone.

Carlisle Eden Mind, a Cumbrian charity with offices all over the Eden Valley district, which seeks to support mental health and to spread awareness is collaborating with organisations from all around the region and hope to raise awareness of mental health in a positive, creative and interactive way; demonstrating that mental wellbeing is there to be nurtured and developed on a day to day basis.

Caroline Robinson is the Community Engagement and Fundraising Officer for Carlisle Eden Mind, she explained: “Smaller charities are currently pushing to get on board with spreading the message into the community about the kinds of services the offer.”

Carlisle Eden Mind’s next big push to increase awareness among the public will be for World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October. They have teamed up with Cumbria Constabulary and with support from Carlisle City Council, Cumbria Community Foundation and a whole host of other organisations, are hosting an event themed around Well Being in the Workplace.

Caroline continued: “This is the first event we’ve organised of this scale and magnitude.”

She has been overwhelmed by the amount of interest and support, she added: “This event has something for everyone.

“This will be a large scale event. It will have 20 gazebos, a large central marquee.”

Visitors will be able to take part in Yoga demonstrations hosted by instructor Martyn Blacklock, take in a film at the pop-up cinema and grab refreshments provided by The Thirsty Scholar and Bruce & Luke’s coffee. The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Trish Vasey, will also be in attendance on the day.

But, most importantly the public will be able to find out about the range of mental health services that available around the region and will have the chance to talk candidly about mental health without the stigma and discrimination that is sadly so often experienced.

Caroline reiterated: “There’s plenty to do so please come along and take part you won’t regret it.”

The event will take place in Carlisle City Centre from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday 10 October. Get in touch and find out more information about the event on their Facebook page.

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