Only 13% of people in the UK say they do. However, Mental Health is becoming more widely discussed than ever especially now there is a Mental Health Awareness Week, in May. This year’s theme focused on 'Surviving or Thriving?'. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, instead the aim is to uncover why too few people are thriving with good mental health.
Here in the Dales, a local group, the Craven Mental Health forum was formed in 2011 as a vehicle for facilitating the sharing of information about matters relating to mental health services in Craven, between the voluntary, statutory and independent sectors, and users of the services. What a great local group! We’re thrilled to be welcoming them to the Festival of Happiness on the 27th May. Perhaps you or somebody you know could benefit from their talk. Maybe you just want to find out more? Everybody is welcome.
Giving the talk will be Sylvia Merrett one of the groups leading members who we’ve interviewed to find out more about her:
Q: What is your favourite word, and why?
Hug – I am a hug junkie
Q: What was the last book you read?
The Fish Ladder by Katherine Norbury
Q: What is your earliest memory?
One too awful to put in a blog
Q: What, if anything, do you owe your parents?
Nothing – see number 3
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Winning Volunteer of the Year and Citizen of the Year, in the 2015 Craven Community Champion Awards, for my work in raising the profile of lack of mental health service provision in Craven, through the Craven Mental Health & Wellbeing Forum.
Q: What is your screensaver?
I don’t have one
Q: Do you have a guilty pleasure, and if so, what?
Don’t think so anymore – used to be Baileys but now not allowed alcohol
Q: When were you happiest?
When my mobility started to slowly improve following surgery last year, and I was able to go Scottish Island Hopping at Easter. Something that had been on my bucket list for 20 years.
Do join us at A Voice for Mental Health at the Festival of Happiness on Sat 27th May - 6.30pm-7pm at the Friends Meeting House in Settle. This is just one of 20 FREE events at the Festival.
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