A huge thank you to everyone who came along to our North Tyneside World Mental Health Day event last week. There was such a lovely atmosphere throughout the day and it’s been heartwarming to hear so much positive feedback about the event from the range of people who attended. This year we had over 150 people join us for a day filled with support, information, dancing, creativity, conversation and laughter. We raised £300 on the raffle and tombola which will go to support future events like this in the borough.
As part of Launchpad North Tyneside’s work, we support people with mental health difficulties to co create this annual World Mental Health Day event in North Tyneside alongside people who work in the sector. It really is a joy to co-facilitate the planning meetings alongside Dave Miller from AIM, it’s so important for people to be able to dip in and out where they can, contributing when they feel able and for group members to have a real sense of ownership. The process is as important as the day itself, a true example of co-production. A genuine thank you to the many organisations and individuals play their part in making the event such a success and each year, it goes from strength to strength, this event takes months of planning and preparation and it’s impossible to emphasise enough the amount of hard work and creativity that goes into this by so many.
Huge thanks go to:
- Public Health (North Tyneside Council), Karbon Homes and AIM for financially supporting the event
- Cullercoats Crescent Club for providing us with use of their venue again this year
- Tyne and Wear Archive Museums Wellbeing Programme who provided us with a room for our planning meetings
- Key Enterprises for our first DJ and the ever wonderful Key Tones who never fail to get people up on the dance floor
- Lara for making sure the juke box was always playing and to everyone who submitted their song choices
- Dave (AIM) and Zuzana (MHM) who got us all thinking about how we look after ourselves and others in a game of human bingo.
- Wendy (NTW) for drawing the tremendous raffle prizes (huge thank you to all our generous donors) and Jo, Josie and Gillian for selling raffle tickets and helping people pick out their prizes
- Helen (Meadow Well Connected) for her hilarious laughter workshop that took us from nervously laughing to genuine belly laughs extraordinarily quickly!
- Matt (NTW) for sharing his journey from using services to helping others who use services as a peer support worker
- Sue (North Tyneside Talking Therapies) who offered practical tips on how to be more assertive and communicate our needs clearly in an accessible way (a topic requested in a planning group meeting)
- Sophie (North Tyneside Carer’s Centre) for talking about the challenges we all face around looking after ourselves when we’re caring for others and how we can all do this more
- Christina and Jane (Key Enterprise) for managing the truly impressive tombola with what seemed like a record breaking number of prizes!
- Supporting Stars for their inventive and fun fishing game
- Helen and Sandra for their wonderful fridge magnet making space
- Helen for the painting workshop and the beautiful dahlias
- Keiran, Caroline and Bridgett (Adult Learning Alliance) for their creative proggy mat workshop and flower arranging.
- Josie and Hannah from I will unfold for sharing their beautiful origami cranes and getting people talking about mental health
- Red Box Project North Tyneside and all the wonderful people who filled it with donations of sanitary products to support girls in schools across the borough
- Lara, Sandra and Wendy for introducing our speakers
- Andrew for the wonderful poster design
- Anthony for the brilliant photos (seebelow)
- Jo for her delicious cakes and Key Enterprises for their fruit kebabs and famous coleslaw to add to the buffet provided by Cullercoats Crescent Club
- Information Stall holders: Launchpad North Tyneside, Key Enterprises, North Tyneside Carers Centre, Weekend Friends, LEAPS, SPARCS, Supporting Stars, Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, North Tyneside Talking Therapies, Healthwatch North Tyneside, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust , Victims First Northumbria and many more who were there on the day, having conversations, sharing information and connecting people with support.
- Alan, Jo C, Josie T, Matt, Wendy, Dave, Jo B, Gillian, Lara, Helen, Steve, Ami, Zuzana, Anthony, Bob, Paul, Aimee, Sophie, Rachel, Sandra, Josie R and everyone else who helped on the day, clearing away cups and plates, making sure there was enough tea and coffee, helping to set up the tables and tidy up at the end of the day.
If you have any comments you would like to share about this year’s event, would like to be involved in the planning of future WMHD events or stay up to date with other work Launchpad North Tyneside does, please do get in touch
Credit to Anthony Todd for all the above photographs taken at North Tyneside World Mental Health Day 2018