Wednesday 10 October 2018 was World Mental Health Day, and saw people across the globe come together to raise awareness of mental health issues and the importance of mental well-being.

The World Federation for Mental Health, the official organisation behind the campaign, are focusing this year on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World, aiming to bring attention to the issues children and young people are facing across the world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient.

As Support in Mind Scotland has services across the country and interact with those of all ages, we had a variety of things going on to mark this important occasion.

Here are some highlights of Support in Mind Scotland's World Mental Health Day 2018! 

In Edinburgh, our services at the Stafford Centre held a music-themed Open Day. This was a great chance to head along for some live music, a cup of tea, and to get to know what great activities and groups the centre has to offer! 

The live acts were made up of users of our services, and the performances were not short of fantastic guitar riffs or intense drum solos! 

We also made sure to make our own World Mental Health Day green ribbons, and we even got Stafford Centre's beloved dog Bella involved. 

Users of our Stafford Centre services have also contributed to the wonderful Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition, ran by Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which opened its doors on World Mental Health Day at Summerhall, Edinburgh. This fantastic art exhibition will showcase 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. Open until 28 October. 

In Falkirk, Forth Valley College held a Mental Health Awareness Open Day, and we were there to meet them! We answered any questions and gave the students some information packs and advice on the importance of mental health. We're so pleased that the college is contributing to opening an honest dialogue about mental health and tackling stigma. 

Our project The Gatehouse in Golspie celebrated their 20th anniversary yesterday, nicely coinciding with World Mental Health Day. Staff and those that use the services came together to mark the occasion - they buried a time capsule & planted a beautiful cherry tree. 

The first person to ever start using the Gatehouse's services 20 years ago buried the time capsule filled with mementos and notes from users of the services. This included a poem written by this lady, 20 years ago. We wonder who will be opening it many years from now.

And to round off their celebrations, the Gatehouse have dotted these beautifully handed painted stones with positive messages across the local area, to be found and then relocated by whoever happens upon them. Let us know if you find one!

Our Stewartry Resource in Castle Douglas went along to Threave Rovers to unveil our new sponsor board to the public. They had some good chats with people to raise awareness of our services in the local area. Look out for us in the Galloway News this week! Thank you to Threave Rovers for allowing us to be part of their club.

Our services in Dumfries, showed the premier of their Drama Group's film, with our Kaleidoscope group hosted a quiz,& our services in Annan held a cheery tea and cake morning for people to come along for a bite and a chat about mental health! 

We also marked World Mental Health day by promoting our 100 Streets Challenge.

Due to popular demand, we have extended this challenge to now end on 31 October, meaning there's still plenty of time to take part! Just walk, run or cycle your way around 100 streets in your community to raise funds for mental health causes. You can do it alone, or get some friends involved.

For more info, head over to our 100 Streets site here: 

Professor Sarah Skerratt, Director of Policy at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), marked World Mental Health Day with a blog, where she talks about Support in Mind Scotland and the work of the National Mental Health Rural Forum. You can read it HERE.

Let us know what you did to mark #WorldMentalHealthDay! Did you go to any of our events? We'd love to hear from you.

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