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Kingston’s first Mental Health Festival launches

Kingston Council, Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Mind in Kingston have launched the first Kingston Mental Health Festival, which runs until Wednesday 14 October.

The festival also coincides with World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October.

Councillor Cathy Roberts, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health at Kingston Council, said: 

"One in four of us will experience a mental health condition in our lifetimes, making this one of the most common health conditions around. We have made a commitment to ensure that we look after those who are vulnerable within our borough. Working with our health partners to put together the first ever Kingston Mental Health Festival is just one of the ways we’re doing this - there’s truly something for everyone. 

“The aim of the Mental Health Festival is to offer local people of all ages the opportunity to access free, inclusive events. I urge residents and visitors to get involved in the range of activities on offer, from coffee mornings and talks to awareness events. Together, we can help raise awareness and reduce stigma of this very common health condition.” 

Rianne Eimers, Chief Executive of Mind in Kingston, said: 

“We are delighted to be part of the first Mental Health Festival and working with voluntary organisations, Public Health, Libraries and Equalities and Community Engagement teams from Kingston Council and the CCG to raise further awareness of mental health.

“The aim of this important Festival is to highlight that it is possible to not only live with a mental health condition, but recover successfully and maintain your mental wellbeing.

“As part of the Kingston Mental Health Festival, Mind in Kingston will hold its annual Arts and Music event at All Saints Church in Kingston from 1pm to 5pm on the 10 October. This showcases artworks, music, drama and spoken word performances by individuals with mental health conditions. It is a free, fun event and all are welcome.”

Naz Jivani, GP Chair of Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group welcomes the opportunity to raise awareness of mental health and give everyone the opportunity to talk openly about the issues associated with this condition. As commissioner of mental health services, we hope as many local residents as possible will get involved and enjoy the festival events.” 

For more information on Kingston Mental Health Festival and to view an events programme, visit www.mindinkingston.org.uk.