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Community Support at the heart of World Mental Health Day

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29 September 2017

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A raft of support and guidance for residents is being unveiled by Enfield Council to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

- Range of events organised to support people on World Mental Health Day
- Enfield Council and partners have put a wide range of support and guidance in place to support young people
- Schools will also work with pupils to promote their wellbeing

A raft of support and guidance for residents is being unveiled by Enfield Council to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

The Council will beam a giant slide show onto the side of the Civic Centre in Silver Street on the evening of 9 October to promote good mental health.

Enfield Council and its partners in the NHS and community groups are also holding an event for children and teachers at ten primary and secondary schools in the borough, to promote good mental health and demonstrate the support that is offered for younger children.

Attendees will go to workshops and take part in activities including arts and craft, drama and movement and physical activities designed to show young people where and how to get help if they need it. It also shows them ways of looking after their own wellbeing through the use of different aids and tools.

Examples of tools range from information on Enfield Council’s website - to the CYPHER social media app which helps young people connect to their communities, plus the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative for those aged 16-17 years.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Alev Cazimoglu, said: “One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year.

“World Mental Health Day is a special day to raise the public’s awareness by destigmatising and removing the negative publicity around mental ill health and promoting the fact that everyone benefits from good mental health.

“Two million Londoners will be experiencing poor mental health this year and in conjunction with Thrive London and partners in the voluntary and community sector we will be hosting a range of events over the next few weeks in recognition of World Mental Health Day.

“Enfield Council is supporting those efforts to promote positive mental health and improve information about accessing effective support, so that the Enfield Community can better help themselves and support each other.

“We are also playing our part by supporting the Thrive London campaign and raising people’s awareness by locally asking are you okay Enfield?”

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: “We all have an important role to play in ensuring young people have good mental health, and events such as these are an excellent way of sharing best practice and demonstrating all the fantastic initiatives and tools which are available for young people in Enfield.

“Our schools play a vital role in supporting young people who may be going through a difficult period in their lives. They are absolutely committed to providing those young people with the care, support and guidance they need to ensure they bounce back from any problems they may encounter, and to equip them with the ability and the resilience to better deal with problems in the future.”

The event seeks to promote Enfield Council’s commitment to promoting fairness for all, to ensure that residents have access to support and guidance to ensure they can access the same opportunities, irrespective of their circumstances.

You can find out more about what Enfield Council’s is doing to support good mental health by visiting Link