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Conversations for change

World Mental Health Day is on Monday 10th October 2016 and Live Borders will be taking the opportunity with SBC and NHS Borders’ Joint Health Improvement Team to talk about the mental health challenges we face in the Borders, with a special event at Galashiels Library between 10am – 2pm.

The facts:

  • 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year.
  • 3 children in every classroom suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder
  • Those with severe mental illness die between 10 and 20 years earlier than the average person.

Mental health problems can have a devastating impact on people’s lives – but they are treatable, just like physical health problems. There are also many things that you can do to help look after your mental health, just in the same way that there are things you can do to look after your body.

Did you know, for example, that talking about your mental health is one of the best things you can do to look after it? To demonstrate this, we will be hosting ‘Conversations for Change’  – a public art project in conversation about mental health. The idea behind the art project was to generate as many 'everyday' conversations on the topic of mental health, in as many everyday places and situations as possible. The project has been funded by See Me, Scotland’s programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination, with the hope of making people feel more comfortable speaking about mental health and helping to remove the stigma that can have devastating impact on people’s lives.

Mental health problems are not just things that happen to other people - this conversation is for everyone. You could make a big difference to someone’s life by talking to them.

We’ll be downstairs at Galashiels Library with artist Emmie McKay between 10am and 2pm for a cup of tea and a chat. Come and see the ‘Conversations for Change’ film and find out what you can do for your own mental wellbeing on World Mental Health Day #WMHD16.

More information about Conversations for Change can be found at www.conversationsforchange.scot


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