Mental Health Awareness Day

Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day and we’re thrilled to report that there are lots of things going on in Bedford to keep mental health at the top of the agenda.
Mindful Sport’s youth yoga

As part of World Mental Health Day, activities will take place in Harpur Square on 10TH October from 11am-2pm and at the Higgins Bedford from 3pm-6pm. Everyone is invited to join in free sports, art groups and find out more about positive mental wellbeing.

Bedford’s Mindful Sport program has a new partnership with CAMHS to support young people with the mental and physical health. Starting on the 17th of October, the #JustTurnUp session will be every Tuesday from 4-5pm at the John Bunyan sports and fitness centre with a Yoga teacher qualified in adolescent Yoga practice.

Break the Stigma’ Art & Poetry DisplayTuesday 10th October 3pm- 6pm, Higgins Bedford

In partnership with Dr Ben Salmons, Break The Stigma Campaign Lead at East London NHS Foundation Trust and local artist, Damon Poulton, people with lived experience of mental health problems have created art and poetry to express their experiences following a series of creative workshops.  The Higgins Bedford will be launching the display on World Mental Health Day to break the stigma surrounding mental illness. There will be a tea party, music performances, speakers, creative workshops, performance and more.


Mental Health Mates – find your we
Last Saturday saw the 8th meet up of Bedford’s Mental Health Mates. The brainchild of journalist Bryony Gordon, Mental Health Mates seeks to provide those with mental health problems the opportunity to walk and talk, without fear of judgement, in the company of a friendly, like-minded and supportive group.
“The Bedford group meets at 11am on the first Saturday of the month at The Pavilion Cafe in Bedford Park and we can be easily identified by a blue balloon!” said co-ordinator, Lesley Quinn.  ‘We walk a lap of the park then stop for a drink (and sometimes cake!) at the cafe, who kindly offer a free tea or coffee to first timers.”
“If you prefer to just walk or just talk, that’s fine with us,” said Lesley.  “We are a super friendly group and welcome new members with open arms and listening ears.”
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