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What we're doing for World Mental Health Day

Published: 09/10/2014


We’re celebrating World Mental Health Day – Friday 10 October – with a series of events and activities in the city.

This year the theme of World Mental Health is Living with Schizophrenia. You can read the story of the journey of one of our young service users who is living with schizophrenia by clicking here.

World Mental Health Day is also World Homeless Day and in partnership with the homeless charity SIFA Fireside, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is sponsoring a meal for around 100 homeless people who attend the charity’s centre in Digbeth. 

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We have a long established relationship with the homeless charity, providing a range of services including mental health assessment and primary care clinics. As well as sponsoring a hot meal, we will also be presenting food parcels and clothing donated by our staff across the city.

Over in Solihull, we are marking the day with a prestigious Celebration of Nursing.  The event at Solihull Conference Centre includes awarding 82 of our nursing staff their nationally-recognised Nursing Badges for their commitment to the six top values of the nursing profession.

The “6Cs” of nursing are care, compassion, commitment, communications, courage and competence – and the Trust is one of the first in the country to have developed its own scheme to reward nursing staff who demonstrate how they put these values into practice.

In conjunction with The Library of Birmingham, our staff will be talking to visitors to the stunning new library in Centenary Square from 10am-4pm about our Birmingham Healthy Minds service to help people with common mental health problems such as depression, stress, eating disorders, compulsive gambling and low self-esteem.

Visitors will be able to find out about local services and support available to help them improve their mental health and wellbeing including the Books on Prescription scheme which enables them to borrow self-help books for mental health problems from the library. People will also have the chance to talk to a mental health practitioner, complete a mood and wellbeing check and undertake confidential screening to discuss how Birmingham Healthy Minds can help.

At City Hospital on the Dudley Road, visitors can find out about our mental health services and also the support available from charities including the Alzheimer’s Society and Aquarius.  Staff from our Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge (RAID) team will be on hand in the main entrance area from 10am-2pm. 

And the Meriden Family Programme is launching its new Recovery for Carers website designed for the carers, family and friends of people with mental health problems. The website is packed with information, advice and guidance and also has resources for professionals.

Our Early Intervention Service has also been marking World Mental Health Day and held a special event earlier in the week at the Library of Birmingham to profile the support and services available for friends and family of patients experiencing psychosis for the first time.