Housing company to attend World Mental Health Day event

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Gateshead Council, Get involved, Get involved - ways to get involved, News.

The Gateshead Housing Company’s Involvement Team will be hosting a stall at next Monday’s World Mental Health Day event at Gateshead Leisure Centre.

World Mental Health DayThe event, which takes place from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Monday 10 October, aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and highlight the support that is available to those experiencing mental health problems.

There will be a whole host of activities at the event, including live music, a free buffet, and soft play and face painting for children. There will be an opportunity to participate in many physical activities, such as yoga, boccia, table tennis and Zumba. Attendees are asked to wear suitable clothing if they wish to take part.

Involvement and Diversity Officer Simon Hand said: “Mental health issues are much more common than many people realise – in fact one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. We’re aiming to reduce the stigma and help get people the support they need.

“To find out more about the event, or the support the housing company offers to its customers with mental health issues, email the Involvement Team or call 0191 433 5357.

“The housing company also works closely with Gateshead Clubhouse, a community mental health hub based in central Gateshead. Information on the services and support they offer can be found on the Gateshead Clubhouse website.”

About World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day this year is themed around psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress. You can find out more by reading this paper produced by World Health Organisation.

Mental health myths and facts

  • Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.
  • Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
  • Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.
  • Fact: We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.
  • Myth: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty, it’s nothing.
  • Fact: 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.
  • Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable.
  • Fact: People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence.
  • Myth: People with mental health problems don’t experience discrimination
  • Fact: 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
  • Myth: It’s easy for young people to talk to friends about their feelings.
  • Fact: Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.