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10 people helped raise remove stigma attached to mental health

Date published: 19 October 2011

On Monday October 10 people from across Bury helped raise awareness and remove the stigma attached to mental health and celebrate World Mental Health Day at The Jinnah Day Care Centre, Alfred Street, Bury.

The event was a great success with around 200 people attending the day.
This year’s theme is ‘The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health’ and people from all over the borough came along to receive expert advice, information and freebies from organisations such as NHS Bury, Alzheimer’s Society, Streetwise and many more.

There were speeches from Councillor Rishi Shori, Dr Sadiq, Councillor John Byrne Deputy Mayor of Bury, BIG in Mental Health, Turning Point and special guest speaker Anna Dalton from Primary Care Mental Health.

Visitors sampled the alternative therapies available from the Carers and Disabled Therapeutic Service CIC, a non-profit organisation, and there were free diabetes tests courtesy of the Fairfield Hospital Diabetes Nurses. This was followed by a healthy option lunch of chicken curry, rice and vermicelli pudding and entertainment from the choices customer band “Plane Reasons”.

Those attending the day were very impressed and one visitor commented, “Today was very useful, I suffer a lot from mental health issues. I felt very special.” Other comments included, “These type of events should take place more often, it’s very important to make people understand about keeping themselves in good health” and, “Very informative, I enjoyed the day and receiving a lot of information.”

Other events also took place all week throughout the borough to help spread the word to the wider community.

If you would like any further information regarding this event or future events, please contact 0161 253 5870 or 6021.

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