World Mental Health Day 2018

Published 12 October


World Mental Health Day was celebrated across the Craven area with 100 individuals taking part in activities and workshops held all over the district planned and coordinated by the Craven Community Learning Partnership. Lindsey Daniels, Director of Business and Community Development, Craven College said, ‘World Mental Health Day is all about raising awareness of this growing worldwide issue – 1 in 4 adults in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. We’ve organised a range of events for people to take time out and focus on self-care.’

Craven College and Craven Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum coordinated an event at Herriots, Skipton, for professionals who work with a range of different service users. The three talks on Stress Management, Resilience and Demystifying  Mental Health were one of a collection of events going on throughout Craven.

Deborah Hooker, Counselling Skills Tutor at Craven College and leader of the Stress Management session said ‘Today is about recognising stress and putting into operation some coping mechanisms, giving people the tools to reduce stress levels’.

All of the Craven activities focussed on the 5 different ways to wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give to Others.

Ingleton hosted the Pioneer Projects Art Exhibition of artwork created by mental health art groups, with Ingleton Methodist Big Sing Choir livening up the library.

‘The Emotional Brain’, a talk by Dr Janet Donnelly, took place at Settle Community Library. The retired Consultant Community Paediatrician explored how the emotional brain works, what makes you feel the way you do and what simple strategies you can use to feel more in control. On a physical level there was Swimming for Silver Swimmers and Walking for Health North Craven Strollers, a local walk-in Settle/Giggleswick.

In High Bentham, Pioneer Projects and Bentham Community Library organised a day of fun, friendly and inclusive wellbeing activity and information to celebrate World Mental Health Day with Tea & Cake, Sing Along With Every Song and an afternoon of Community Art.

South Craven Walking4Health met at South Craven Community Library and enjoyed a 1-hour walk. People were invited to call into the Library for a Good Life Chat over a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

The Cancer Support Centre, Skipton, was the venue for Health and Wellbeing Workshops for Carers of anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis, whilst the  Drug and Alcohol Services in North Yorkshire offered client well-being sessions including acupuncture, relaxation workshops in mindfulness and hypnotherapy.

The importance of World Mental Health Day was recognised by staff and students at Craven College, with Tea and Talk hosted by the Student Union, where students were given a chance to join in the National Fundraiser Event set up by the Mental Health Foundation by enjoying free tea and biscuits and a chat. Two raffle hampers were up for grabs, kindly donated by Keelham Farm Shop and the Student Union.


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