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Scarborough Events To Mark World Mental Health Day

Scarborough Events To Mark World Mental Health Day

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 10th October 2019.

It is World Mental Health Day and there are a few events in Scarborough to mark the occasion.

Scarborough Survivors is holding an open day from 12pm to 4pm at its building on Alma Square.

Linda Freeborn, the charity's weekend co-ordinator, said:

"People can come in and talk about mental illness, to fight the stigma against it and to say that there's nothing wrong with having a mental issue etc.

We're there to help and give support where needed.

You can get counselling if you need it and you can get support because everybody has gone through something, and we have that in common.

Everybody gets on with everybody and it just helps."

Scarborough library will mark World Mental Health Day with a book launch, art exhibition and music.

The book is Ruby and the Rainbow by Elizabeth Seetal, who spent most of her childhood in care in the notorious Lambeth Children's Home. 

The book is a reflection of this and how she and children in a similar position cope with bullying, abuse and grief and their emotional response to colours. 

A portion of the proceeds from the book are being donated to the Rainbow Centre in Scarborough. The launch will run from 2pm to 3pm.

On the same day, the library will host an exhibition by artist Alex Horswood. Despite having serious mental health issues, Alex has turned her life around from spending almost a year homeless and living on the streets in Leeds to owning her own home and being commissioned to exhibit her work at a London gallery.

Music and refreshments will be provided during the opening of the exhibition and book launch in the Create IT Room from 2pm onwards. 

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: 

"World Mental Health Day is about mental health education and awareness on a global scale. The events at Scarborough library will highlight inspiring stories and showcase some of the support available. 

Visitors will also be able to learn about the resources available at libraries, such as the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which helps people to manage their health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books available through the library."

All events on the day are free.

There is also a mental health awareness event for young people in Scarborough.

'#iwill Get Creative' is an Art Therapy group of Young People who access art therapy with Art Therapy Yorkshire supported by Safe and Sound Homes (SASH). 

They are collaborating with Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind (SWR Mind).

The event free at Woodend Conference Room in Scarborough from 4pm to 6pm and it is open to all. 

Refreshments will be provided, members of the group will be on hand to answer questions, including a display of some of the artworks they have made within the group Art Therapy Yorkshire are a registered charity based in Scarborough at Woodend Creative. 

The aim is to provide art psychotherapy support, and creative, therapeutic interventions to adults, young people and children. 

SASH is a registered charity who provide vulnerable young people with a lasting solution to the problems that have led them to become homeless, all thanks to a network of volunteers who provide a spare room and time to help.

SWR Mind provide mental health support to people aged 16+ throughout the region.

With this year's theme of suicide prevention and the importance of wellbeing promotion, this event is going to be an opportunity for people to come along and meet the following providers, SWR Mind, SASH, Art Therapy Yorkshire, Sidewalk Youth Project and Compass Buzz. 

'#iwill get creative' is a one-year group project funded by #iwill Fund, Department for Culture Media and Sport match funded by Two Ridings Community Foundation. 

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