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MARKING MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

October 08, 2004 9:00 AM

This week (October 4-11) is seeing Glasgow people participating in community activities to mark Mental Health Week.

The worthwhile work has been a joint effort between several teams including NHS Greater Glasgow, mental health user groups and community health projects across the city.

Lee Knifton, Mental Health Promotion Officer for NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "This week is a great way of showing the public just what's out there for them in relation to mental health.

"So far, there have been everything from plays and exhibitions to information stalls and stress workshops – many using the arts to communicate the mental health messages.

"It has basically been a way of showcasing work that takes place all year round to improve community mental health and reduce the stigma that's attached to conditions like depression and anxiety."

Events which have contributed to the week include:

· ‘Promoting the Positive': a mix of songs, stories, alternative therapies, information and stress workshops at various community venues – led by Greater Pollok Helathy Living initiative

· An art exhibition at People's Palace showing the work of mental health service users who took part in a series of outreach workshops led by Project Ability, funded by NHS Greater Glasgow.

· A mental health themed drama production ‘The Scream of an Alien' - alongside an additional arts and creative writing exhibition - staged at the Mitchell Theatre.

The main aims of this united work across Glasgow are to increase the knowledge of mental health and to challenge the stigma often attached to it; to target young people in a bid to support and prevent mental health problems; to show Glaswegians what mental health services and support are available in their communities.

Lee added simply: "There's no doubt that mental health is an important part of the agenda both locally and nationally, so because some of the events and activities promoted during Mental Health Week are actually ongoing in Glasgow, the week has been a brilliant way of opening the door to the people out there who can benefit from them long-term."

To find out more about what's generally on in local areas, information leaflets and diary dates are regularly advertised in community venues such as GP surgeries, libraries and community centres.

ENDS

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

· Arden Community Hall will host one of the ‘Promoting the Positive' events on Friday, October 8, 6pm- 8:30pm.

· The Art Exhibition at the People's Palace runs until Sunday November 7

· A JPeg of the drama at Mitchell Theatre is already available on file.

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