05 Oct 2017

The Trust will mark World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October 2017) with a variety of activities and events across its services in line with this year’s theme – mental health in the workplace.

Our events include:

Walk and Talk – The Trust’s first-ever 10km walk will take place in Hounslow on Saturday 14 October, 10am – 1pm. It will begin at Syon Park and incorporates the sights of the Thames Towpath and Kew Bridge. It will be delivered by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and WLMHT, supported by the Wellbeing Network (Hounslow), Wembley National Stadium Trust, London Borough of Hounslow, Middlesex FA, Hestia, GOALS Soccer Centres and Brentford FC. Sign up here.

World Mental Health Day football tournament – On Wednesday 11 October, 12pm – 3.30pm, staff and service users will battle it out to become champions on the pitch at Goals Gilette Corner in Isleworth (TW7 5DB). The event has a £15 entrance fee.

Mental Health Around the World – Broadmoor Hospital patients are invited to this event on Wednesday 11 October, which will include film screenings, poetry, plus information about coping strategies for mental wellbeing and how mental health is viewed in different countries. A ‘Tea and Talk’ will also take place. Find out more here.

The Human Library – Service users and staff in West London Forensic Services will ‘borrow’ one another to hear each other’s stories about mental health.

Tea and Talk staff in the Domestics and Portering Team at St Bernard’s Hospital, Ealing, welcome colleagues wanting to take a break with tea and a cake sale that will raise funds for the Trust’s charity.

West London Collaborative – The Trust are marking World Mental Health Day with our co-production partners, West London Collaborative, and will be holding an evening of awards, live music and discussions on action learning and care plans. More information is available in this event flyer.

Jo’s mental health story –  Jo, a Personal Assistant working in the Trust’s Home Ward Ealing service, has spoken out about the unwavering support she received from the Trust’s Occupational Health team when she experienced a mental health crisis earlier this year. She said: “At the Trust, I can talk to my line manager if I need to. He has told me to take breaks if I feel upset or need space. I feel much more optimistic now and am able to cope with work. I want other staff to know that there is help within the Trust and to not worry about asking for it.”

Twitter – We are giving away a copy of Poorna Bell’s book ‘Chase the Rainbow’. Simply follow and retweet @WLMHT by Monday 9 October, 12pm, for your chance to win!

Carolyn Regan, Chief Executive of West London Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “Our staff work every day to improve the lives and wellbeing of those affected by mental health issues and, very often, we help people with physical healthcare – because the two are interlinked. World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the good practice that’s going on all around us and to raise awareness of mental health issues.”

Throughout October the Trust will also relaunch its charity, which was boosted last week by nearly £1,000 in donations. The charity now has a Virgin Money Giving page.

Thank you to all staff marking the day!