World Mental Health Day

mental-health-useBU recognises that the good mental health of our staff and students is vital to living life fully both inside and outside of work. World Mental Health Day is on Monday 10 October and to educate and help raise awareness around mental health issues, BU is hosting a wide variety of events between Monday 10 and Thursday 13 October.

Each day has a different focus and the week includes a variety of external speakers to give both personal and professional views on different mental illnesses, and information stands will provide additional advice and support.

For full details and to book onto any of the events, please see the World Mental Health Week Programme.

You can keep up to date with the events on Facebook and Twitter – and use #WMHDBU16 to find out what others are saying. Take a look at BU’s Time to Change videos which talks to people who live, work/study in Dorset, sharing their stories of their personal recovery from mental health issues.

Monday 10 October: Carers

Tuesday 11 October: Meeting mental health challenges in the community

Wednesday 12 October: Mental Health and homelessness

  • 9.40am – 10.20am The Big Issue Health Partnerships

    Simon Chilcott, Area Services Manager South West, The Big Issue Foundation and Melissa Scott Specialist Practitioner, Mental Health Homeless Service, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust.

Stephen Robertson Chief Executive Officer, Big Issue The Big Issue Foundation

Thursday 13 October: Mental Health and LGBT

Joanna Semlyen, Lecturer in Psychology/Mental Health, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia

Jonai da Silva, Mental Health Support Worker, DHUFT and LGBT rep, Unison.

Andy Hunt Intercom Trust’s Deputy Director, and Head of the Help Support and Advocacy Service. Jacqui Battle Intercom Trusts Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole support and advocacy worker.

Mandy Nicholson, Service Delivery Manager for Dorset Mind and Chris Price is Chair of Trustees and Interim CEO of Dorset Mind

  • Information stands/Art display

Other events happening throughout the week:

Tuesday 11 October

  • 10am – 4pm:Healthwatch Dorset; An opportunity to find out more the Healthwatch Dorset Young people’s project “Be yourself: everybody else is taken”.

Wednesday 12 October

  • 10am – 4pm: Poole Community Mental Health Team, Atirum, Poole House

Thursday 13 October

  • 10.30am – 2.30pm:Healthwatch Dorset; An opportunity to find out more the Healthwatch Dorset Young people’s project “Be yourself: everybody else is taken”.

The World Mental Health Day 2016 programme is a result of a collaboration between: Bournemouth University; Borough of Poole; Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust; Dorset Mental Health Forum; Dorset Mind and Healthwatch Dorset


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