Mayor invites the community to talk about mental health on Time to Talk Day

Mayor of Harrow

Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Kareema Marikar

The Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Kareema Marikar, will be opening up about mental health issues on national Time to Talk Day, on 7 February from 10am until 12pm at the Civic Centre.

The Mayor, who has been the Council’s Member Mental Health Champion for several years, will welcome residents and other visitors to the Members Lounge, Civic 1, Station Road, Harrow, for the morning event.

Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Kareema Marikar, said:

“People are afraid to talk about mental health problems - yet research shows that it affects one in four of us. We support Time to Talk Day, by encouraging everyone to open up and break down the stereotypes, no one is an expert and it’s time to take the stigma out of it. Whether you are looking for information for yourself or a loved one, or if you’d like a coffee and cake and someone to talk to, you’d be most welcome.”

Local charities in Harrow, including MIND, Mencap and WISH will be running stalls on the day, so anyone who would like advice can ask experienced professionals involved in mental health care.

Mark Gillham, CEO of MIND in Harrow, said:

“It’s a sad fact that nine out of ten people with mental health problems will experience discrimination. It’s important to break down these barriers and empower people into feeling less isolated. Mind nationally and in Harrow are trying to change these attitudes and Time to Talk Day on 7 February at the Civic Centre is a great place to start.”

During LGBT history month, in February 2019, Mind in Harrow in collaboration with Harrow Council will present two workshops on LGBT+ and mental health.  These workshops explore relevant issues for LGBT+ people, including how to access support and raise awareness.

For more information or to book a free place on either of these workshops, contact Hanlie Burger on 020 8515 7861 or email h4w@mindinharrow.org.uk or you can book directly to attend these workshops for the 7 February and the 19 February here: https://lgbtandmentalhealthinharrow7feb2019.eventbrite.co.uk     https://lgbtandmentalhealthinharrow19feb2019.eventbrite.co.uk