World Mental Health Day marked at Shay conference

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World Mental Health Day is being marked in Halifax today as service providers, charities and businesses have come together for a conference at the Shay stadium.

The event includes talks and stalls from mental health services and individuals who have recovered from mental illness and want to share their experience with others.

Dr Mohammed Munawar, principal clinical lead at Insight, said: “World Mental Health Day was initially set up in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health.

“The aim of the day is to raise awareness about mental health, and to mobilise efforts to provide support for mental health issues.

“What we’re hoping to do today is bring together health and wellbeing services from the local community to network and share ideas.”

Local charity Healthy Minds were on hand teaching people how to make their own stress relief balls out of flour and balloons, and were asking people to talk about mental health for a video.

Tamsin Walker of Healthy Minds said: “Today we’re promoting Healthy Minds - our groups and forums, and the work we do across Calderdale.

“For the video we’re asking people ‘what is mental health?’ and we’re going to put them all together in a film.”

Advice was offered by the Carers Support Service - a service commissioned by Calderdale Council to provide help for all carers living in Calderdale.

Eliza Brown, team leader at the Carers Support Service said: “We provide practical support, emotional support and advocacy for carers of people with severe and enduring mental health problems.

“The main thing that we often find is that people don’t recognise themselves as carers - they’re just husbands, they’re just daughters - they just get on with it on a daily basis.

“But everybody needs a bit of help and support from time-to-time, and that’s where we come in.”