World Mental Health Day

28 Oct 2015

To celebrate World Mental Health Day, WotSpace at Highcross Leicester came together with organisations across the City to raise awareness and understanding.

To celebrate World Mental Health Day, WotSpace at Highcross Leicester came together with organisations across the City to raise awareness andunderstanding.

The theme for this years events and activities being ‘Dignity in Mental Health’.WotSPace worked to support a selection of services including the Local Authority, Leicestershire Police, Healthwatch Leicester and a range Charities and Voluntary Sector organisations and services to take over the shop and inform people about the Services and support available around Mental Health.

Around 20 volunteers gave up their Saturday to run the event which ran from 11-4pm. The event involved talking to members ofthe public, promoting services and gathering people’s opinions and feedback around a range of mental health areas, including accessibility of services, levels of support received, knowledge and understanding of help available. This was done through a range of creative activities including a pop up photo-booth, which saw members of the public dressing up and sharing their own mental health messages, there was also a consultation wall which members of the public were asked to answer arange of questions around their own knowledge and understanding of mental health.

WotSpace supported 9 different organisations to use the shop to promote WMHD 2015.The event saw 250 visitors inside the shop.

Tina Barton, from WotSPACE said “To work with a range of local services to promote and raise a greater understanding of mental health is such an important issue because it effects so many of us. Providing access to space at the heart of the city to achieve this means so much. To witness so many services collaborating around such an important issue was great to see.

For further information, have a look at the Leicester council website and the digital magazine from the event:

https://flipboard.com/@tinabarton/world-mental-health-day-2015-46jvatdvy

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/your-organisation/events/leicester-world-mental-health-day