To mark World Mental Health Day, Oxford City Council is delighted to be part of the #OxMindWMHD book relay event. The loose leaves of the book will be travelling around Oxfordshire to collect contributions for the book that gives a chance for people to express what mental health means to them.
This can be a pledge, a poem, personnel experience or a journey; challenges faced to name a few. The contributions are a chance to express what mental health means to individuals. The contributions for the book will be collected from the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Christine Simm and Councillor Marie Tidball at 4.15pm, in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Oxford Town Hall. The relay will make its final stop at a closing ceremony at County Hall at 4.30pm.
Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Christine Simm said:
"I am proud and pleased to be supporting this event on behalf of Oxford City Council; we are all vulnerable to experiencing mental health difficulties throughout our lives. Much has been achieved to support us in times distress and sadness, but through being willing and able to talk about our feelings, and listen to others in our families, our places of work, our communities and our social lives, we will remove all stigma from mental distress and try to ensure that we all get the help and care that is needed."
Councillor Marie Tidball, Mental Health Champion and Board Member for Young People, Schools and Public Health said:
“Creating the space for people to share their mental health experiences, through this book, is very special and hugely important. Expressing our mental health challenges to a friend or a loved one can be the first step in moving forward with our lives. For those of us across the city who have been carers and supporters of family members with mental ill health, this is also a significant opportunity to tell our stories and share expertise about how mental health services can be improved.”
Lesley Dewhurst, Joint Chief Executive of Restore said:
“We’re reaching a tipping point. It used to be that people felt afraid of prejudice and that fear of judgement stopped them from getting help. Now people feel they can be open about their mental health. Restore turns forty this year and, over our lifetime, we’ve seen more and more people using our recovery, coaching, and training services. We know that World Mental Health Day has a part to play in encouraging people to take their mental health as seriously as their physical health and we are delighted to join Oxford City Council and our partners in celebrating it.”