WORLD Mental Health Day 2017 will be observed on Tuesday 10 October, and Support in Mind Scotland has a number of awareness events planned on and around the big day.

This Saturday (7 October) at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, we are holding our Dignity Walk, which will be led by Davidson's Mains & District Pipe Band. The band of talented young musicians are fresh from another highly successful year of competition, in which they finished fifth in the Scottish Championships and sixth at the World Championships. Click on the video below to see how lucky we are to have them along supporting us.

The gentle, half-mile walk will begin at 11am and all are welcome - please come and join us. We are asking people to congregate at the Meadowbank end of the park from 10.30, before we set off along Duke's Walk. Following a performance by the Pipe Band there will be teas/coffees available after the Walk in Serenity Cafe at The Tun, 8 Jacksons Entry,, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ.

At the Stafford Centre in Edinburgh, members of the The Creative Group are looking forward to their 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind' exhibition, part of Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which will launched on Monday 9  October. The exhibition at the Centre will then be open on Wednesday 11, 18 and 19 October from 12.30-4pm.

'Out of Sight, Out of Mind' is a collaborative exhibition of over 100 artworks in various media, created by people who are using the arts to express themselves in relation to their experiences of mental health issues. The Stafford Centre is one of a number of venues across Edinburgh participating in this exhibition and the artworks on show will range from painting to craftwork.

In Dumfries, we have been filming/photographing staff and service users who will each be wearing a T-shirt with a word written on it, in answer to the question - 'what helps to keep me well? The results will be shared online on World Mental Health Day.

Also on 10 October, the Bank of Scotland in Dumfries is holding a Coffee, Cake & Chat. This is to increase awareness of Mental Health. All funds raised will go to Mental Health UK, of which we are the Scottish partner. If you need any more information & to book a place please call 01387 249513

In Stranraer, our Thistle Street resource centre is holding an open event on 10 October from 11am to 2pm.

There will be free taster sessions for all abilities in Qigong (11-11:30am in the Main Foyer); Tai Chi (11:45 to 12:30 in the Main Foyer);  Reiki – 12:30-1pm (talk and demonstration in the Main Room). The sessions are being hosted by Alex and Patsy from Building Healthy Communities.

In Lochaber, our Cothrom Centre will have an information display at the local library in Fort William, throughout the week beginning 9 October.

In Castle Douglas, Stewartry Resource Centre will be open all day on Tuesday, 10 October. Service users will be given the opportunity to create their own unique ‘brick wall graffiti’ art work to mark the occasion and snacks and refreshments will be available.

And in Glasgow on Wednesday 11 October, we are continuing the World Mental Health Day celebrations with a Comedy Night at The Stand in aid of Support in Mind Scotland, headlined by the brilliant Gary Little. Tickets priced £10 (£5 for service users/concessions) are available from us through the link HERE or on the door at the night.

If you want further details for any of these events, please call our National Office on 0131 662 4359.