To mark World Mental Health Day (10 October), Watford Borough Council teamed up with professionals and volunteers to host a small reception...
To mark World Mental Health Day (10 October), Watford Borough Council teamed up with professionals and volunteers working in the mental health field to host a small reception as part of a campaign to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health.
The small gathering with Elected Mayor Peter Taylor and Cllr Rabi Martins at Watford Town Hall allowed local mental organisations to talk informally and discuss current issues. Attendees included Watford Mencap, SW Herts Samaritans, Hertfordshire Mind and Mental Health Foundation. It is part of the borough’s work to tackle the discrimination facing people with mental health issues, with a focus on the workplace and young people.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “Mental health is something which affects each and every one of us and so it is important we take positive steps to look after it and support others. In the UK last year, 1 in 4 people suffered with a mental health issue. 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.”
Cllr Rabi Martins, Chairman of Watford Borough Council, said: “It is generally accepted that 1 in 4 people in the UK live with some form of mental health related issue. That is why I am keen to work with local organisations who provide the support that people need in this area. I am particularly keen to see the residents of Watford benefit from the collective work these groups do. World Mental Health Day plays a major role in raising awareness of the issue and signposting people to the help and support that’s available when they are in need.”
The event is particularly important to the Chairman, as his theme for the year is ‘Mental Health, Well Being and Inclusiveness’ and he has chosen the Guideposts Trust and Signpost as his two Chairman’s charities. He will spend his year in office – which began on Wednesday 23 May – promoting the work of these two groups and fundraising for them through various activities, including a gala dinner at Watford Football Club on 8 March 2019.
Supported by the United Nations (UN), The World Federation for Mental Health is focusing the 2018 World Mental Health Day campaign on ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’. It is a move to bring attention to the issues youth and young adults are facing in the world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient.