The county’s mental health trust is inviting local people to celebrate this year’s World Mental Health Day at a free event highlighting the impact of mental health stigma.
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting two theatre productions called Unsent Letters on Monday 7 October 2013, 10.00am – 1.00pm at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield S41 7SA and Thursday 10 October 2013, 10.00am – 1.00pm at the Riverside Centre, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8HY.
Unsent Letters was originally commissioned by Avon and Wiltshire NHS Trust to raise awareness about the “revolving door experiences” of patients who are detained in secure mental health settings for long periods of time, and find it very difficult to settle back into the community after they are discharge.
World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy.
Guests will also have the opportunity to sign Derbyshire’s Mental Health Charter and make a public commitment to demonstrate that they are leading the way in addressing stigma and discrimination!
Harinder Dhaliwal, assistant director of engagement for Derbyshire Healthcare, said: "We have made huge strides in physical healthcare and we now need to do the same with mental health and wellbeing.
“We are committed to reducing stigma associated with mental illness through the creative arts. Our mission is to get mental health accepted and not feared in the community.
“This powerful play provides a fantastic opportunity for people to talk about mental health and most importantly understand the impact of stigma and why we all need to be more sympathetic so people are not afraid to ask for help when they need it."
To book your place at the event please contact Shirley Houston, engagement officer for Derbyshire Healthcare, by calling 01332 623700 ext 33302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org