The Together For You partners were out in force on Saturday (10th October) raising awareness of ‘Dignity in Mental Health’ as part of World Mental Health Day in Derry/Londonderry.
It was also a celebration of reaching over 30,000 people across Northern Ireland with mental health services. Together For You is a mental health and wellbeing project funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Hundreds of shoppers and passers-by stopped to have a cup of tea and chat with the team of volunteers and to help decorate the ‘Ship called Dignity’, supported by the Community Arts Partnership, and were entertained by Face painters, dancers from Echo Echo Dance, laughter yoga from the Sunshine Project and singers from the excellent Encore Contemporary Choir.
Throughout the day, the volunteers took a short poll of passers-by.
- Out of the 62 people questioned, over 43% had accessed mental health support services for themselves or a friend or relative.
- Over half of them admitted to having had or still to have problems with anxiety, stress and depression.
- Over 80% felt comfortable talking about their mental health.
- Around 80% said they would visit their GP or talk to a friend or relative if they were worried about their mental health.
Together For For were also celebrating the milestone of reaching over 30,000 people across Northern Ireland since the launch of the project on World Mental Health Day in 2013.
“The success of this event today in Derry/Londonderry builds on the success of the project as a whole,” said Amanda Jones, Project Manager. “It is a fantastic achievement for the partners of Together For You. It also means that over 30,000 people are more likely to talk about their mental health to others, to seek help when they suffer mental ill-health and to contribute to reducing the stigma around mental health. Today in Guildhall Square we built on that growing momentum with a fantastic promotional event. Thank you to all who came to visit us.”
www.togetherforyou.org.uk is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland. The project, led by Action Mental Health (AMH) in association with Aware Defeat Depression, CAUSE, CRUSE, MindWise, Nexus, PraxisCare and Relate NI, will promote mental health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland and provide a range of services in new and innovative ways.