Council's successful World Mental Health Day

Author: Nina Romain


Approximately 60 Barnet residents took part in World Mental Health Day (WMHD) at a community-led event on Monday 10 October to raise awareness of “Mental Health First Aid for All”.

The successful event, supported by Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Barnet Council, was held at the Meritage Centre in Hendon to focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing. One in four people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime.

Mental health voluntary organisations such as Mind, Eclipse, and Barnet Voice have together planned this event with The Network, Outreach Barnet and others.

The event also raised awareness of Barnet’s Wellbeing Hub which delivers mental health support within the community.

At the Hub, people can access the most appropriate and effective mental health and wellbeing services available. The Hub is being promoted to the community through library activities, information stands and taster session information stalls on the day.

Councillor Helena Hart, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Committee, said: “Good mental health is an essential part of everyone’s daily wellbeing.

“We look forward to seeing as many people as possible taking advantage of this exciting new service. This is a ground-breaking new service at the forefront of developments for locally available, community-based mental health care.”

Charlotte Benjamin, CCG Clinical Lead for Mental Health, said: “The CCG has supported local organisations to come together to plan for WMHD across health and social care.

“We are very happy that the services can showcase what they have to offer and promote all the good work happening in Barnet for better wellbeing and mental health for us all.”