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Volunteers to mark World Mental Health Day

Posted by on 7 October 2019 | Comments

This World Mental Health Day join Sudbury and Stowmarket VASPs to raise awareness for mental health and promote the services available in Suffolk.

The Sudbury and Stowmarket Voluntary and Statutory Partnerships (VASPs) are marking World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October with an invitation to residents to join them to find out more about the mental health services available in their towns.

In Sudbury residents are invited to join volunteers on 10 October at Sudbury Market from 10am to noon to share information about mental health and suicide prevention along with live acoustic music. From 11.30am to 12.30pm the VASP will also be leading a short walk through the town centre to raise awareness, starting from the Kingfisher Leisure Centre and finishing at the Christopher Centre on Gainsborough Street, where refreshments will be served along with an opportunity to drop in and chat about the work of the VASP and mental health.

Stowmarket VASP will mark the day outside the United Reform Church on Ipswich Street in Stowmarket, offering tea, coffee and cakes to passers-by who stop to learn more about mental health services in the town.

The theme of this year’s global day is suicide prevention and the shocking statistic that every 40 seconds someone takes their own life.

Cllr Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “As a teacher I am very aware of the vulnerability, stresses and pressures that modern day life brings to young adults, as well as the insatiable appetite for social media and the problems that it brings. Mental Health problems are increasing across the board but never before have we had so many young people needing help. We should all be vigilant and help our Children and young people by supporting them through rough times.

“If someone needs help, we all have a duty of care to support them and seek expert advice. Don’t ignore a problem and hope it goes away, we all need to take responsibility and prevent a life being wasted through lack of care and commitment.”

Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Mental Health Awareness is crucial for us all to be able to recognise problems within our family, friends, colleagues and sometimes even strangers. We have to recognise their personal story and try to convince them in their darkest hour that there is another way other than taking their life, to find light and hope.

“This event, on such an important day, is vital in so many ways and we’re happy to support the efforts of the VASP.”