World Mental Health Day (WMHD)
World Mental Health Day is a global awareness raising day observed on the 10 October every year.
First launched in 1994 across the globe, by the World Federation of Mental Health, the day is a way of focusing attention on different aspects of Mental Health and helping people to change habits and behaviours in order to improve their Mental Health.
Preston Wellfest - World Mental Health Day Event
On Saturday 8 October, Preston Wellfest will be holding an event at Preston Flag Market from 10am to 4pm to mark World Mental Health Day.
The event will be focused on this year's international theme of making mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority, as set by the World Federation for Mental Health.
The day will be filled with activities and entertainment, as well as speakers form the various organisations present.
Fourteen local organisations with an interest in making mental health and wellbeing a priority, will attend the event running stalls and providing advice, information, and more intensive support to anyone that might require it.
Amongst those attending will be:
- Lancashire Mind
- Beacon Counselling Trust
- Andy's Man Club
- Disability Equality North West
- Preston Street Pastors
- Red Rose Recovery.
In addition, there will also be performances throughout the day from Preston People's Choir, singer Marcus Henry, the Worldwise Samba Drummers, PNE Community Education Trust, and a special Flash Mob featuring dancers from LemonDANCE and LPM dance. There will also be many activities and workshops, from jewellery making to football, highlighting the kind of activities people can get involved with to improve their mental health.
Preston Wellfest Network
The Preston Wellfest Network was initially formed in 2019 and is currently made up of over forty organisations that have a specific interest in health and wellbeing in the Preston area.
Coordinated by the Community Projects Team at Lancashire County Council, with support from Preston City Council, the network provides a platform for those involved to share information, promote activities, and collectively plan events.
Already this year the network has run events for Mental Health Week in May and Men's Health Week in June.
Going forward, as well as the event in support of World Mental Health Day, the network will be running further events to coincide with key dates in the health and wellbeing calendar.
World Mental Health Day poster