Solihull Celebrates World Mental Health Day
Saturday 10 October 2015 was World Mental Health Day. Solihull marked this important day with various events across the borough, to raise awareness. The day itself was all about raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health can live with dignity. The day was also about promoting mental health education and advocacy.
One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a significant effect on the lives of many people in the UK. For example, it can impact on their ability to have and maintain personal relationships, work or just live their daily lives. This is not helped by some negative attitudes from some people in different communities, which can make it difficult for some people affected by mental health to seek help or information from agencies. These negative attitudes tend to make many of those affected by mental health to rely too much on the support from friends, family and colleagues.
Solihull is confronting these negative attitudes from some members of our society by providing information that helps to understand patterns of mental health issues; their causes and solutions. On Thursday 8 October Chelmsley Wood library will hosted a ‘Tea and Talk’ event in their café from 10am – 1pm, with Solihull Integrated Addiction Service (SIAS) also hosting an event on 9 October at the Recovery Café from 10am – 1pm. Everyone was welcome to attend, enjoy a cuppa and get talking about mental health. In addition, Chelmsley Wood, Shirley and Hobs Moat libraries also had displays packed with information detailing the support and advice which is available in the borough about mental health. The information provided was also about what could be done to safeguard our wellbeing and tackle the social and economic inequalities that can increase the existence of mental health issues.
There was also a quiz running to raise awareness and money for local mental health projects with prizes including one month of free parking at Lode Lane car park and a meal for 4 plus a bottle of Prosecco at the Holiday Inn, Solihull.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Solihull celebrated the United Nations International Day for People with Disabilities on Thursday 3 December by holding an event at the Christian Renewal Centre.
The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Glenis Slater, opened the day and John Flanner MBE gave the keynote speech. John Flanner, a motivational speaker who became blind at the age of 19, addressed the importance of taking the opportunities that arise and not allowing a disability to define a person. His own inspiring story served to demonstrate the importance of focusing on the positives and taking life by the scruff of the neck.
The day was a great success and gave those with disabilities the chance to find out find out what is available to support them and give them new opportunities in the area. There were also stands providing a range of information available to aid people with disabilities and opportunities to get involved in the development of services that affect them.
Instrumental in the day’s success was the working relationship between the Council and its partner organisations. The community and voluntary groups that got involved lent their support and enthusiasm to the event.
Karen Grant, head of Equality and Diversity, said “A lot of hard work and planning went into preparing Solihull’s International Day of People with Disabilities and it showed in what a great success it was. This was a brilliant chance for residents to enjoy themselves and to learn about the opportunities available to them. I’m very proud of the great range of services that we provide in Solihull and how they enhance the lives of our residents.”