Lots of events and advice on offer in Reading to mark World Mental Health Day

Posted 06/10/2017

There’s a week-long series of events and advice on offer for Reading people to mark World Mental Health Day on 2017.

On Saturday 7 October, people can join a 5.5km charity canal walk organised by Sport in Mind, starting at 10.30am at the Civic Offices on Bridge Street.

This is followed by Reading’s annual Older People’s Day event, on Monday 9 October, offering advice, activities and a chance to get together, at Rivermead Leisure Centre, 1-4pm. (Come and meet the Healthwatch Reading team at our stall!)

On World Mental Health Day itself, Tuesday October 10, students and other members of the public will try to make history by being part of the world’s biggest mental health lesson, at the Madjedski Stadium.

There will also be an information stand in the entrance lobby of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, run by the Berkshire Healthcare Psychological Medicine Service, which provides mental health liaison to RBH A&E.

People can also find out about the Compass Recovery College – offering a range of courses for Reading people coping with or recovering from mental health issues, at information stands that will be held in Reading Central Library and Battle Library on the Oxford Rd.

On Thursday 12 October, the public is invited to Whitley Community Development Association’s cafe, at Northumberland Avenue, RG2 7QA to hear speakers talk at an event called ‘Me, My Mind and I – the Shades of Mental Health’.  It will be held from 10am-2.30pm.

At another event, on Friday 13 October at Hexham Community Centre, people can hear local Labour councillor Rachel Eden plus others working in public health and the NHS, at ‘It’s Good To Talk About It: Mental Health’. This will also run 10m-2.30pm, at the centre in Bamburgh Close, RG2 7UD.








On the same Friday, the second of a regular series of events will be held at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), called Let’s Talk About Wellbeing. The event is supported by Reading’s Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE), other community and cultural groups, and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The meet-ups are taking place every 3rd Friday from 22 September, from 11am-1pm, at RISC, 35-39 London, Reading, RG1 4PS. For more details, please contact: 07828307997 / 07760259640 / 0118 951 0279 or email utulivucoordinator@live.co.uk / info@acre-reading.org.

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