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Chatting, drawing and singing for World Mental Health Day

TTMMD copyWe are marking World Mental Health Day, Friday 10th October, with a range fun and interactive activities.

This year's theme is 'Living with Schizophrenia' and on Thursday 9th October the Trust is hosting an event at The Lighthouse, Edward Street Hospital, West Bromwich between 2.00pm – 4.00pm aimed at increasing people's understanding of Schizophrenia.  It will be an informal 'tea and talk' event and anyone who is interested in finding out more about this illness is invited to drop-in, to mingle and talk to clinicians and people who are living with the condition.

Susan Gray, who has lived with voices for 60 years, and will be on hand to talk to people about her experiences said, "A diagnosis of schizophrenia isn't the end of the world, just as living with voices isn't an easy thing to do. But with the right support and help you can develop coping strategies and live a happy and fulfilling life."

Hallam Street Hospital is warming up for the day with a creative art based project entitled 'The Big Draw' taking place Thursday, 9th October, in the afternoon. Service users, staff and carers are welcome to have a cuppa and a chat whilst letting their creative juices flow. Then on Friday 10th October staff and patients are being invited to take to the stage and "make some noise" for mental health with an open mic and karaoke sessions taking place in the resource centre.