Kingston to high five for World Mental Health Day - Friday 10 October

People in Kingston are being encouraged to ‘high five’ at 11.05am this Friday to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.

Kingston is marking World Mental Health Day with a series of events including a mass high five and an information stall in the town centre on Friday.

The week-long campaign was organised by Mind in Kingston, Kingston Council, Kingston Mental Carers Forum, Kingston Carers Network, Healthwatch Kingston and the La Tasca and Sarva's Healthy Mind Project.

Councillor Julie Pickering, Kingston Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lives so it is important that support and treatment is there for people who need it, just as we expect for our physical health and wellbeing.

“Openness about mental health is important. In Kingston there are a range of mental health services and our schools are working hard to support and educate young people about mental health issues such as eating disorders, anxiety and depression.”

The Mental Illness Awareness Week stall will be at Clarence Street, Kingston from 11am to 3pm on Friday.

For more information about mental health, visit the mental health pages.

Update 10 October

Photos: Giving high fives for World Mental Health Day. You can see more in our album on Google+.