Hounslow shines a spotlight on wellbeing for World Mental Health Day

Tuesday, 10 October is World Mental Health Day. Hounslow is recognising the day with a series of events across the borough,

Published: Monday, 9th October 2023

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Many faces, one voice: A montage of people from Hounslow who have taken the Zero Suicide Alliance online training.

Mental health is a universal right

This is the message for everyone in Hounslow as the Council puts wellbeing at the top of the agenda for World Mental Health Day (Tuesday, 10 October).

Organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and encourage positive change for everyone’s benefit.

Hounslow Council and its health and wellbeing partners have been working to promote positive mental health in the borough and to signpost residents to where they can find support for any issues they are facing.

In the run-up to World Mental Health Day, the Council has encouraged people from across the borough to take online suicide awareness training from the Zero Suicide Alliance.

The free, 20-minute long session helps people to identify the signs that someone may be feeling suicidal and offers guidance on how to have a conversation with someone you are concerned about.

So far, more than 250,000 people across London have taken the training.

People in Hounslow who have taken the training have been sending in their photos with the special ‘I’ve taken the training’ poster. The photos have been turned into a special montage to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

There are several events taking place in Hounslow on World Mental Health Day, Tuesday, 10 October.

  • The Hounslow Wellbeing Network will be relaunching the service at The Arts Centre, on the first floor of Hounslow’s Treaty Centre between 9.30am and 3.30pm. There will be a host of activities and a chance to see what support is available. Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Hounslow’s Wellbeing and Recovery College will be hosting an open day between 11am and 2pm. The event will provide information about the services provided by the college. It will be followed by a panel discussion on mental health between 2pm and 4pm.

There is support available for people in Housnlow who hare finding it hard to cope. This includes the Hounslow Safe Space Helpline - 020 3475 5185.

You can find out more about the support available in Hounslow here.                                                                                                                                        

There is also plenty of online support available through the Thrive LDN website - which works across the city to ensure all Londoners have equal opportunities for good mental health and wellbeing.

The Good Thinking website - supports Londoners with information and guidance to look after their mental health.

Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Transformation, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, said: “World Mental Health Day is a chance for us to unite as a community and send a message to everyone that mental health matters.

“As a community, we must work together to increase awareness, reduce stigma and make sure that everyone has access to the mental health care and support they need.

“A great way to show your support for World Mental Health Day is to take the suicide awareness training like the many people in our borough who already have.”

Cllr Chaudhary added: “The ultimate message is that people in our borough don’t have to suffer in silence. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and finding it difficult to cope, help is available.”

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