07 October 2021

The theme set by the World Federation for World Mental Health Day 2021 is ‘mental health in an unequal world’. The COVID pandemic has brought to the fore inequalities in the health of many resulting in pronounced physical and mental health issues. So this is a timely theme this year more than any other. You can visit the federation website for more details about this and resources.

Events and activities are being held by Trust services and partners to mark the day include:

Bedfordshire and Luton 

  • A BLMK mental health campaign toolkit has been produced by public health partners across system. It features information on local public mental health campaigns, example social media and template articles including articles for WMHD.
  • Special Invitation to Bedford Adult Recovery CMHT - 7 October - Florence Ball House for World Mental Health Day Awareness - 11am to 2pm
    Facilitated by People Participation Service Users involvement, Bedford Adult Recovery (CPA, Non-CPA, TABI) CMHT, with appreciated contributions from Crisis Pathway (CRHT, NHS 111) and AMHP/EDT. Contact Suzy at 07901652426 (text preferred) or suzanne.enoharthur@nhs.net 
  • Keeping Well BLMK
    Keeping Well BLMK is always there to provide wellbeing and psychological support to key workers including NHS staff, staff providing care to others in the community and in residential homes and voluntary sector organisations in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) area.
  • “Don’t Delay in Seeking Help and Support” BLMK - 7 October
    Milton Keynes Talking Therapies Service is encouraging adults experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress, insomnia and COVID concerns, to not delay seeking help and support. Encouraging residents with these symptoms to take part in any of the one-off webinars run by the three services in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. The webinar schedule and booking can be found here and will cover a range of topics including:
    - Understanding and Managing Anger
    - Men’s Mental Health
    - Sleep Hygiene and Compassion
    The sessions are free of charge to anybody who lives or works in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.


Newham World Mental Health Day and Homelessness Day - 8 October
Mental Health in an Unequal World
Highway Church Hall, 88a Romford Road, E15 4EH
The Newham Mayor is to attend. Presentations and market stalls to give information.

Newham Psychological Services Morning
Friday 15 October 2021, 10.30-1.00pm
In conjunction with People Participation, Newham Psychological Services will be holding a morning for staff and service users to come together to hear from others who contribute to work in Newham and Beyond.  It will be held on  at Newham Specialist Psychotherapy Service, 409 High Street, StratfordIt is an event for Service users and colleagues who would like to hear more about our work and how we work together in coproduction. 

Information for Commuters

Liverpool Street Station - 12 October 15.00-18.00 (Platform 16/17)
Stratford Station - 14 October 15.00-18.00 (Jubilee line concourse)

'All On Board'  is a partnership between the NHS and Network Rail. A mental health nurse is
seconded to the Anglia Route with the aim being to improve outcomes for those who may be experiencing poor mental health or suicidal thoughts. These events are organised through collaboration with MTR - Elizabeth Line and the station managers.
If you would like to get involved,  contact rachel.luby@nhs.net

Online Events

Muslim Mental Health in an Unequal World >> 10 October 2021

The pandemic has highlighted serious inequalities present throughout our society. Mental health inequalities are often some of the most significant, but also least explored.

Adolescent Self-Harm >> 13 October 2021

This event explores why some adolescents self-harm, how parents can helpfully respond and what adolescents can do to help themselves and current research.