Bracknell Forest Council held a day of health and wellbeing events on Thursday 7 February as part of a nation-wide push to get people talking more openly about mental health.
The council partnered with Sport in Mind and The Samaritans to join thousands of other groups, schools and members of the public, who spent the day having conversations about mental health on Time to Talk Day.
74 council staff participated in activities including a ‘walk and talk’ session lead by Sport in Mind and community involvement talks to raise awareness of mental health for others. Events such as laughter yoga were also available, all in aid of promoting the conversation surrounding mental health.
The council hosted a talk by a Samaritans guest speaker on how to look after your mental wellbeing, how to spot when others are struggling to cope and how to approach them. Two ‘drop-ins’ were led by Public Health, on Making Every Contact Count (MECC) and the Community Map. This map shows community groups, clubs, societies, events and activities. They are run by local people for local people – and they all offer a warm welcome.
Cllr Dale Birch, executive member for adult services, health and housing, said:
“We took part in Time to Talk Day because mental health is a topic that we should all feel able to talk about. By supporting mental health we exert a positive effect on everything else we do. Improved education, lower crime, better physical health and economic prosperity all to some degree depend on positive mental well-being. In that sense, there can be no more important focus for our time and energy.”
For those looking for a new way to improve their wellbeing there are some exciting activities happening at the Bracknell Open Learning Centre, including ‘Yoga for people who don’t do yoga’, ‘Improving well-being’ and ‘An introduction to mindfulness’. Information can be found on The Open Learning Centre's Facebook page.