What happened in South Tyneside on World Mental Health Day 2017?

World Mental Health Day took place on Tuesday 10th October, and a number of organisations came together to celebrate it in South Tyneside. The day was coordinated by South Tyneside Change 4 Life Health and Wellbeing Champions Network, which includes representatives from South Tyneside Council and the Third Sector.

Question Time Panel at The Word

After the success of the Question Time Panel during Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2014 and World Mental Health Day in 2015, it was decided to run a similar event again. The panel consisted of service providers and the third sector covering areas relating
to mental health. The seven members of the panel were:

  • Margaret Adams from HealthNet Chaired the session
  • Dr James Gordon, (Mental Health Lead – South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group)
  • Clinical Director Mental Health and Learning Disability
  • Alex Wilson, Chief Executive Tyneside and Northumberland Mind
  • Dr Jonathan Richardson, Group Medical Director – South Locality Care Group: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dave Julien, First Contact Clinical
  • Matt Brown, South Tyneside CCG
  • Liz Williams, Dementia Support Worker, Alzheimer’s Society

40 people attended this very successful Question Time panel, a large number of questions were tabled prior to the event and other questions were asked on the day. Everyone who took part found the day useful and a full transcript of the event will be available on wellbeinginfo.org shortly.

Drop-in at Big Local Jarrow

Big Local Jarrow supported the day by organising a drop in tea in the afternoon in partnership with members from the Change 4 Life partnership. Everyone was welcome to drop in for a cuppa, chat and pick up a wealth of information to promote positive emotional
wellbeing and mental health. Derek Winter (South Tyneside Lifecycle PCMHS) gave an interesting presentation about what is Mindfulness. Kim Lockney from Tyneside and Northumberland Mind brought along some Carrot, Lentil and Coriander food mood soup and healthy flapjacks which went down a treat. 35 people attended the event including 2 people who popped by to pick up some useful leaflets. There was a chance to network and meet staff from different services including Donna Apicella from the Self Advocacy Service. There was an opportunity to sign post anyone who needed support to the relevant services.