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Tuesday October 10th 2017 is World Mental Health Day and the theme is wellbeing in the workplace and it is the 25th World Mental Health Day.

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Mind, the mental health charity says “Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing”. There are some local events taking place to raise awareness and help:

Luton town centre
The Trust and partner organisations from across Luton will be in St George’s Square.
There will be stalls and information about local services and the chance for visitors to try laughter yoga.

Venue: St George’s Square, Luton town centre
Date: Tuesday 10 October, 2017
Time: 12-1pm

Bedford town centre
A wide range of activities are planned in Bedford town centre in partnership with Bedford Borough Council.
Harpur Square, opposite Bedford Library, will have free table tennis, music, information on local services, a smoothie bike and the Trust’s Break the Stigma campaign.
The Harpur Suite at 3 Harpur Street, will also have Bollystep, spoken word poetry and yoga sessions at 11.30am and 12.20pm.

Venue: Harpur Square, opposite Bedford Library, Harpur Street, MK40 1PG
Date: Tuesday 10 October, 2017
Time: 11am-2pm

Bedford town centre
The Trust’s Break the Stigma campaign and Bedford Borough Council are also holding a second event on the day.
A Break the Stigma Art and Poetry Display will showcase some of the fantastic designs used to promote the initiative.
There will also be a tea party, music, creativity workshops and guest speakers.

Venue: The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD
Date: Tuesday 10 October, 2017

Here are some tips for the workplace – commit your team to do your best at being proactive in promoting:

  • Appreciation of employees and workers
  • Creating of a supportive environment
  • Identification of early signs of burnout
  • Creating an organizational culture which reflects value systems and beliefs
  • Stress management
  • Building awareness and reducing stigma
  • Mental health wellness and providing support for employees who need it.

Although the theme is wellbeing in the workplace, of course the aim is to support everyone and is equally applicable at home and at leisure too.