A bus packed full of information will be in Doncaster town centre next week to help stamp out the stigma surrounding mental health.
It is part of the NHS and Doncaster Council’s Public Health team’s work to support World Mental Health Day on Thursday October 10.
The annual event advertises the importance of helping stamp out the stigma surrounding poor mental health and highlights the warning signs of depression and anxiety and what steps we take to improve our mental wellbeing. Each year it has a different focus and this year’s is the positive aspects of mental health in later life.
Councillor Pat Knight, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social care, said: “We are proud to support World Mental Health Day by spreading the word about the mental health services available in Doncaster and what people can do to improve their mental wellbeing.”
Young People’s Mental Health services from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) will be at Doncaster College on Monday 7 October, between 10am and 3pm, to share information with students about mental wellbeing and the services available and RDaSH’s school nurse team will be promoting positive mental health during its weekly health drop-in at Sir Thomas Wharton School, Edlington on the same day.
A mental wellbeing awareness day for Doncaster Council staff will be held by the authority’s public health team on Wednesday 9 October. Staff will be able to access information about mental wellbeing and learn more about the benefits that a healthy diet and physical activity can have on mental wellbeing.
The bus will be on St Sepulchre Gate, Doncaster, on Thursday 10 October between 10am and 3pm. Doncaster Council Public Health, Mind, RDaSH Older People’s Mental Health Service and Age UK will all be on board to share information about mental wellbeing and the services available locally.
RDaSH’s health visiting team who cover Edlington will be promoting positive mental health during an antenatal event at The Martinwells Centre, Thompson Avenue, Edlington, on Saturday, 13 October between 10.30am and noon.
For more information on World Mental Health Day can be found at www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/world-mental-health-day