Mental Health Week 2018 – a few things going on

Various agencies in Hertfordshire are pulling the stops out for Mental Health Week. So this is a very short post to highlight some of the work going on in Hertfordshire for Mental Health Week starting, for us, on Monday 8th October. The list below is BY NO MEANS an exhaustive list. But it gives you a flavor. And I claim no credit for any of it.

Jonny Benjamin, MBE kicked off this pile of efforts, many organized independently, when on Saturday 6th October he spoke on the main pitch about mental health and stigma to 23,000 football fans at the Watford FC game. Check out his website for some of the amazing stuff he does. He has been a major ally among a number of others for our #JustTalk Mental Health campaign.

Public Mental Health approaches are becoming increasingly important to us in Hertfordshire, and almost all this work is driven by an increasing range of agencies, people and volunteers. We’re using this week just to remind people what we’re doing, add impetus and focus and showcase some of the things going on. But this work continues for us all year round.

So, to the list of what’s going on. Remember this is by no means exhaustive.

All Week

Pop up mental health talks to HR Professionals. Jim McManus will try to visit or Skype into as many workplaces as ask him to give a ten minute talk to HR professionals on why good mental health is good for business and workforce, and the top tips for employers.  He will be promoting the CIPD mental health for people managers guide book.

8th – 11th October. Recovery Conferences

Our Mental Health Trust Partners, with the Mental Health and Inclusion Folks at the University of Hertfordshire, and a range of other colleagues, are holding four recovery conferences across the County. These are aimed at people and their carers looking to develop skills in recovering from mental ill-health. And for professionals looking to help and support.

8th October, 1.30pm – 4pm, National Church Leaders Mental Health Round Table

Interfaith Week in Hertfordshire will see a number of faith and health events, but on Monday Jim McManus, Director of Public Health for hertfordshire, will lead a national discussion on what Churches can do to address mental Health across the population, with National Leaders from major churches in England. You can obtain a copy of his paper from in advance of his two article series in The Pastoral Review.

9th October, 1.30 – 2.30pm , Childrens Mental Health Talk and Media Event, Verulam School, St  Albans

County Councillor Richard Roberts, Cabinet Member for Public Health will be with school students, teachers, press and radio to talk about #JustTalk, our campaign to reduce stigma on young peoples’ mental health

9th October. 1.30-4pm, LGBT Health Masterclass

A Joint University of Hertfordshire – Hertfordshire Public Health Masterclass on LGBT Health , hosted at the University of Hertfordshire.  Very few places remaining but free to anyone working, living, studying or using services in Hertfordshire . A chance for a cuppa before the session and some networking leads into a packed session which will be chaired by Jim McManus, Director of Public Health. It will showcase the work of Professor Kathryn Almack (significant research on older LGBT lives) and Dr Joanna Semlyen (British Psychological Society Psychology of Sexualities Section and adviser to Parliamentarians on LGBT issues) with contributions from residents and local advocates.

9th October, 4.30pm Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Group

A progress update on our multi-agency work on suicide Prevention in Herts.

10th October 10am, Three Rivers District Council

Piers Simey presents to the three rivers strategic partnership on social prescribing for health

10th October 7pm, Priory School, Hitchin (Yep, those wonderful folks again led by Mrs Southall)

The first of a series of sessions on handling challenging emotions for parents and professionals. This one starts with anxiety, guilt and anger.

10th October, 7.30pm – 10.30pm Gala Fundraising Concert, the Old Palace, Hatfield House

Mens Voices United is a pop-up choir performing a gala concert to raise money for local mental health charities.  Many of these men have never sung before. Their repertoire and voices will surprise and delight you and I will be compering (sorry about that). Many of these men have had friends or loved ones with mental health issues.

11th October, 7.30pm, St Albans Civic Centre

Jen Beer will lead a children and young peoples’ mental health awareness and action session for the St Albans Council Health Partnership

Ok the next two events cheat in terms of dates but they’re still part of the effort!

16th October, 12.45pm, London

Jim McManus will present to the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ National Meeting

17th October, 10am, Focolare Centre, Welwyn Garden City

Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board will hear a progress report on work to ensure Children and Young Peoples’ Mental Health Services are making progress across the County. The Agenda and Papers are here.  This is a meeting held in Public and anyone can attend.







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