Catholic Care celebrated World Mental Health Day on 15th October when Carol Hill (Director) attended the “Bid Event” in Leeds Civic Hall hosted by Volition – the voice of Leeds Mental Health Voluntary Sector.
There was such a positive vibe in the room with provider stalls and information stands exhibiting their support for people with mental health needs. The biggest positive from the day is that the stigma attached to mental health at long last appears to be diminishing. It is no longer a taboo subject swept under the carpet as people are talking about their lives, what influences them and the challenges they face.
The event was opened by the Lord Mayor of Leeds; Councillor Judith Chapman who talked about the day being a global celebration and that as a community we should draw strength from this. Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Executive Board Member for Health, Wellbeing & Adults also said a few words about the commitment of Leeds to improving health and wellbeing of all its citizens. She talked about the value of the whole person and not as someone with a condition; this was very warmly received around the room. Finally Ruth Kettle, Trustee of Volition, spoke about the theme of this years World Mental Health Day being “Dignity in mental health” and how research illustrates that respecting dignity aids recovery.
The Civic Hall was extremely busy with people enjoying entertainment, conversation and making contacts. Carol Hill said “An enlightening day”
Catholic Care supports adults with mental health issues through its supported housing project in Leeds and supports children and young people who have problems associated with mental health through its Schools and Family Social Work Service.