World Mental Health Day – 10 October

Article date
19 September 2017
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Reading Borough Council is organising and supporting following events to mark World Mental Health Day 2017

Reading’s Older People’s Day 2017 on 9 October has the theme of Emotional Wellbeing will include a range of workshops, demonstrations and information stalls promoting mental health and wellbeing.  Find out more about Reading Older People’s Day which is being celebrated at Rivermead.

Reading Borough Council is supporting the launch of Berkshire Suicide Prevention Strategy on 17 October. This formal launch will provide an opportunity to raise the profile of suicide risk and suicide support through media coverage and partner engagement. The launch event will take the form of a mini conference in the Town Hall, Wokingham, with guest speakers and workshop sessions.

Reading’s Wellbeing team has recently launched a Suicide Prevention Strategy page on Reading Services Guide which supports residents to make links with national and local support services for those at risk of death by suicide, including people bereaved through suicide.

Reading hosted a media event jointly organised by Public Health Berkshire, BBC Berkshire and the Samaritans on 11 September. The objectives of the session were to highlight the role of media in shaping public perception of suicide, to educate Berkshire’s media community on responsible suicide reporting and to promote the forthcoming Suicide Prevention Strategy launch.

Sarah Morland

As RVA's Partnership Manager, I seek and develop cross-sector partnership opportunities, facilitating communications between the voluntary sector and statutory agencies. I give advice and support on: planning, developing and promoting services and measuring impact.