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Walking Out Of Darkness - Weston-super-Mare 24 June 2017
Sat 24 June 2017, 10:00 – 18:00 BST
Help increase Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention at ‘Walking Out of Darkness’
‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events will take place in Weston Super Mare on Saturday 24th June 2017.
An opportunity for everyone to walk together in support and unity for individuals and families suffering from Mental Health Difficulties and those, who have lost loved ones by suicide.
‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events over the last 3 years have inspired and motivated more people, businesses, charities and services across the country to unite in ending the stigma surrounding Mental Illness by increasing Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention.
The events 10 mile walk and Mental Health Festival in Weston Super Mare, offers a platform for all during ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ 2017 when Charities, Businesses, Organisations and Service across the UK seek to highlight how together, we can all make a difference by acknowledging these, once unuttered, topics and assist in increasing communication, education by raising awareness around mental health and suicide prevention.
Last year’s London event was attended by the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, former Minister of State for the Department of Health and current Chair of the West Midlands Mental Health Commission said; " Having taken part last year in the London event, I know how positive this can be. Most families are touched by mental ill health in some way or other - and ours is no exception. We need to talk openly about the challenges people face. Together, we can confront the stigma of mental ill health and of suicide".
The events are also supported by Business in the Community, who recent survey of ‘Mental Health at Work’ across the UK found thousands of people with poor mental health are suffering in silence, unable to share their condition or illness with colleagues or managers at work - "77% of employees have experienced symptoms of poor mental health at some point in their lives and 62% of employees attributed their symptoms of poor mental health to work or said that work was a contributing factor."
Louise Aston, Business in the Community Wellbeing Director added: "We need to show unity in assisting both employees and employers to understand the importance of raising mental health awareness in the workplace. Business in the Community encourages more businesses and organisations to become involved with ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ to help end the silence and offer support to those suffering with mental health difficulties."
The National Institute of Health & Care Excellence (NICE) found of the 6,233 people who completed suicide in 2014, over 70% were not known to mental health services or NHS and suffered in silence, due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. Mental illness and Suicide touches everyone in every walk of life including businesses with every completed suicide by someone of ‘working age’ having an overall cost to the UK economy exceeding £1.6 million.
1 in 4 people in the UK directly affected by poor mental health wellness, these two events are aimed to end the stigmas involved in seeking help when required. All previous events have been widely supported by the Government, Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England, Rethink Mental Illness, North Somerset Council plus Legal & General, several other businesses, organisations and services across the UK; 2017 is will supported by even more.
Register today and together with thousands of people around the country, we can empower and inspire the end of mental illness stigma, raising mental health awareness and suicide prevention at ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’.