Come along to World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health

Harrow Council is championing World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2018 and residents are invited to attend and find out more about mental health and wellbeing and see what services are available to them in the borough.

The Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Kareema Marikar, will also be attending the event at the Members Lounge at the Civic Centre, along with a wealth of experienced local community groups, charities and individuals, who will all be offering their advice and services to the community on the day.

Councillor Simon Brown, Lead Member for Adults and Public Health said:

“Mental health problems can affect anyone any time, any day of the year, due to the varied and unrelenting pressures of modern day living. On 10 October, we are showing our support for better mental health for everyone, by having a host of stalls available with different services. There are also experienced charities, such as MIND in Harrow, on hand to offer advice to people.

“The council signed up to the Time to Change pledge in 2017 - a national campaign to raise awareness of mental health and tackle the stigma around it. Since signing up, we have worked with partners and stakeholders to deliver successful campaigns and projects. 

“Come and hear about these achievements, next steps and how you can be part of the Mental Health project and make a real difference in Harrow. Whether you’re coming for yourself or on behalf of someone else, feel free to stop by and see what’s on offer on this important day.”

The theme this year on World Mental Health Day 2018 is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World and it looks at the many pressures faced by young people today, including the expanding use of online technologies –which can bring benefits, yet are also harmful to many.

To fit this year’s theme, local charity Young Harrow Foundation - which supports the youth voluntary sector, will also be attending. Their CEO, Dan Burke will be speaking at the event, alongside a young person who has been an ambassador for their recent Needs Analysis – a report about the issues young people face in Harrow.

Dan Burke said:

“Young people in Harrow with aspirations and dreams face the daily pressures and challenges of young people across London and everywhere today. Our Needs Analysis, completed earlier this year, shows that there are big issues that affect their mental health and wellbeing. Young Harrow Foundation is passionate about helping these youngsters find their feet and move forwards positively in every way possible.”

The event starts at 10am and speeches will begin at 10.15am.