Free public events taking place at BU to mark World Mental Health Day
A week-long programme of free public events will take place at Bournemouth University (BU) to mark World Mental Health Day.
These include An Audience with Terry Waite, CBE humanitarian and author, and a presentation by Norman Lamb MP looking at mental health and young people.
Talks will also be hosted by Lorna Garner, Chief Operating Officer of eating disorder charity BEAT, and Sue Baker, Director of the Time to Change initiative.
Other speakers will visit throughout the week to give both personal and professional views of different mental illnesses, while information stands will provide advice and support.
The events will run from Monday 5 October to Saturday 10 October at BU’s Talbot and Lansdowne campuses - marking World Mental Health Day, which takes place on Saturday 10 October.
Mental health campaigner Dr Andrew Mayers, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at BU, will host an event looking at mental health and policing.
He said: “I am honoured to be part of these events, as they are a wonderful opportunity to get people talking about mental health. It is essential that we tackle stigma and thus reduce the distress experienced by so many people in our community.
“A great way to eradicate prejudice is through information and education. These events aim to do precisely that.”
There will also be the chance to take part in free fitness classes, find out more about sport and mental health, and take part in a World Mental Health Day Charity Fun Walk from Poole to Boscombe on Saturday 10 October.
The programme of events is a result of collaboration between BU, Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Dorset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dorset Police, and Time to Change Dorset.
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: “I am delighted to be part of World Mental Health Week.
“It's a fantastic opportunity to highlight issues around mental health and to showcase the range of local services and organisations that are available to help improve people's quality of life.
“I have long campaigned to improve care for people with mental health needs across Dorset. There is so much happening at Bournemouth University throughout the week. It would be great to see as many people as possible getting involved."
BU Equality and Diversity Adviser Dr James Palfreman-Kay, who has led on the week, said: “The programme has provided an excellent opportunity for BU to show its strong commitment to equality and diversity as well as the wellbeing of its staff and students. It has also shown what can be achieved with partners across Dorset when working together.”
David Corbin, Equality and Diversity Manager for Dorset HealthCare, said: “There is a brilliant programme of events taking place in Dorset to celebrate World Mental Health Day, which we have put together in partnership with Bournemouth University, and I would encourage anyone who would like to find out more to get involved.
“One in four of us will experience a mental health issue during our lifetime so it essential we tackle the associated stigmas head on. We have a responsibility to encourage people who may be suffering in silence to speak up and seek help and I hope these events will help raise awareness about the support available.”
To see the full programme, and book onto events, visit the World Mental Health Week website