Published Friday, 8th October 2021
The theme for this year’s mental health day on Sunday 10 October is “Mental Health in an unequal World”.
This reflects the fact that the world is increasingly polarised with the very wealthy becoming wealthier and the number of people living in poverty is still far too high. Poverty, along with other inequalities, have an impact on people’s mental health and it is important that we seek help as early as possible to ensure we get the right support at the right time.
In Sutton, we are fortunate to have services supported by the Council, the NHS and the voluntary sector to help those with a wellbeing or mental health need.
In addition, there are many groups, from the Wallington Community Wellbeing Charity to Men In Sheds, to help us when we may feel stressed, anxious or depressed. As that old advert says “It is Good to Talk”. For more information about what is available contact Community Action Sutton.
Specifically, for young people, there are a series of events taking place as part of the festival Never Alone LDN. The festival will look at how young Londoners can come together to overcome challenges and reflect on the experiences over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. More information on these events can be found below.
Finally, on Sunday, in celebration of World Mental Health Day, think about the following to boost self-esteem and improve wellbeing:
- Take a short walk
- Phone a friend or family member
- Listen to some music
- Do a good deed
Councillor Marian James
Never Alone LDN Festival
Speak It – Monday 04 October, 12.30pm – 6.00pm
Never Alone LDN: Speak It is a live, filmed event, featuring panel discussions, speeches, in conversations, workshops and more. The recording will form part of a film, broadcast at Rich Mix on World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October, as part of Never Alone LDN: See It as well as simulcast through Thrive LDN’s YouTube channel. Panel discussions, conversations and speeches taking place in The Studio will have live British Sign Language interpretation.
Express It – Monday 04 October, 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Never Alone LDN: Express It is a live, filmed open mic event, giving talented young Londoners a chance to perform on the Rich Mix stage, and share their creativity around the themes of mental health and the experiences of being young in London.
See It – Sunday 10 October, 3.30pm – 7.00pm
Never Alone LDN: See It brings together performances, panels discussions and conversations filmed over the series of Never Alone LDN events into a highlights film, to celebrate World Mental Health Day. The film will also be available to watch online at the same time, via Thrive LDN’s website and YouTube.