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Epsom Mental Health Week

Date: 14 August 2013
EPSOM'S SIXTH ANNUAL Mental Health Week (EMHW) will be running this year between 6 – 12 October, offering an exciting programme of events promoting wellbeing and positive mental health.

Co-ordinated by mental health charity Love Me Love My Mind, this year’s theme is ‘Mental Health: Past, Present and Future’ and will be explored through drama, art, film, talks and workshops to reach even more of the local community.

EMHW was established to promote a better understanding of mental health and to reduce the misunderstanding, fear and stigma which surround it.

History

Epsom has a unique place in the history of mental health; only 20-30 years ago the sites now occupied by new housing estates were home to thousands of hospital patients with mental illness and learning disabilities, and the people who often travelled from around the world to care for them. Together, they formed one of the biggest hospital communities in Europe.

During the week this history will be celebrated in several events including a guided walk around the hospital sites, presentations and talks about Surrey’s hospitals and a tea party open to all local people willing to share and record their memories of the hospitals.

Focus

However, the main focus of the week will be on mental health here and now, in our rapidly changing society. Events will promote wellbeing while casting light on the many areas connected with mental health, including legal issues, support for carers, benefit changes, abuse, dementia and young people’s mental health.

The Department of Psychiatry will be welcoming members of the public on Friday 11 October, providing information about modern treatments and the services available for local people.

Several speakers have accepted the challenge of looking into the future of mental health, focusing on the development of local services, the role of genetic research and the development of new treatment approaches.

A warm welcome awaits everyone, events are free and refreshments are provided.

For more details, see

Love Me Love My Mind

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