World Mental Health Day 2019

Raising awareness of suicide prevention and wellbeing in Harrow

Like many mental health issues, it's rarely spoken of - a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly mission unless we all stop and take notice.

Suicide is the main theme of World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10th October – and Harrow Council wants to make sure we all have a chance to get our heads around how we can raise awareness of it as well as other issues that affect someone’s wellbeing.

As in previous years, the Civic Centre will be hosting a free mental health awareness event on the day to highlight experienced community groups, charities and individuals offering advice and services, as well as free workshops run by charity Mind earlier in the week.

It is also encouraging people to learn more about suicide prevention by signing up to an online training course, part of a London-wide campaign by charity Thrive.

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

“Mental health problems can affect any one of us at any time. That’s why it’s important to us at the Council to make sure everyone in Harrow feels comfortable talking about the issues and knows how to access services - either for themselves or to help other people.

“Our free events really are a great source of information and I can’t recommend coming along highly enough.

“In terms of the main suicide prevention theme, too many people here in the borough know of someone – perhaps without even realising it - who has thought about taking their own life.

“Sadly, some of us even know a friend, colleague or family member who has committed suicide. The more we know about the issue, the more we can recognise the signs and try to help. I, alongside other councillors and officers, pledged support to suicide prevention by doing the Thrive training. All it cost was 20 minutes of my  time – and it  could save a life.”

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.          

What’s on:

World Mental Health Day Event

Thursday 10th October, 10am-12.30pm, Civic Centre, Harrow Council.

Join us for a morning of talks, information and activities – and take part in a fun quiz too.

For more details, please email corporate.policy@harrow.gov.uk

Stalls include:

  • HAD
  • Paiwand
  • MIND
  • Harrow Carers  
  • Joan Stephenson (Pranic Healing)
  • CNWL
  • DAWN
  • Learning & Development
  • Healthwatch Harrow

During the week, there will also be two workshops delivered by MIND in Harrow:


Emotional Resilience and Wellbeing Workshop

Monday 7th October, 10am-12.30pm, Civic Centre, Harrow Council

The aim of this workshop is to improve understanding and awareness of resilience and its links to wellbeing. Learn how to reflect on current resilience levels and become aware of how you  deal with challenging thoughts and emotions. The themes of this workshop:

  • Introduction to emotional resilience
  • Cultivating self-awareness
  • Explore steps to mindfully deal with difficult emotions
  • Incorporate daily habits to protect your resilience

For more information or to book a FREE place on this workshop, please register on Eventbrite:



Suicide: Let’s Talk About It Workshop

Wednesday 9th October, 10am-12:30pm, Civic Centre, Harrow Council

The more we talk about suicide openly, the sooner we reduce the fear and stigma that surrounds it. The workshop offers opportunities to share best practice and how to support and signpost colleagues, friends and family who may be struggling with their mental health.

For more information or to book a FREE place on this workshop, please register on Eventbrite:



Thrive Suicide Prevention online training

Thrive  wants 100,000 people in London to take its online suicide prevention training to help support those at risk of taking their own life. Find out more and take the training here. Please note this training discusses suicide and may be challenging for some.

Published: 24th September 2019