Supporting World Mental Health Day

Published: Wednesday 10th October 18

Today is World Mental Health Day and the council, alongside its partners, is supporting the day and letting local people know what help is available.

For the past three years Enable Leisure and Culture, which provides services on behalf of the council, has been running the Active Wellbeing programme for adults with severe mental health needs.

Cllr Ellis with Ian Mitchell, managing director of Enable Leisure and Culture

Funded by the Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group and run in partnership with Brent, Westminster and Wandsworth MIND, this bespoke, one-to-one physical activity programme was set up to engage adults who suffer with severe and enduring mental conditions including psychosis, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder. Through the programme, participants are provided with tailored one-to-one exercise support.

So far 92 people have taken part in the programme, and the average mental wellbeing score increased by 18 per cent at the end of the ten sessions. Participants frequently report feeling healthier overall, including sleeping better and improved mood and motivation to try other new things.

Another Enable project, Sound Minds, was part funded by Wandsworth Council’s, Wandsworth Grant Fund. This week-long open house, installation event on the Winstanley estate aimed to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing through the arts. Local people were invited to contribute to site-specific artworks, work alongside resident artists and musicians, to use music, words and art to celebrate life on the estate at this time of change.

Earlier this year Wandsworth councillors approved a new Active Wandsworth Strategy drawn up by Enable which looks at ways to motivate people and give them the opportunity to keep active to help improve their mental and physical health.

The council’s health spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “Enable have been doing some fantastic work to promote good mental health through activity and culture. We know that being active and keeping engaged with your community is key to improving wellbeing, and we will continue to work with Enable and other partners to commission and provide projects and services that support people with mental health needs.”

Other mental health services include Talk Wandsworth offering confidential support for people experiencing common mental health conditions such as anxiety, low mood and stress. It offers face-to-face counselling and group sessions in a range of venues, as well as providing online help 24/7 via Skype and online mental health services SilverCloud and ieso.

It is also free for Wandsworth residents to access Big White Wall – a safe, anonymous online service for people experiencing emotional or psychological distress.

Information on local mental health services can be found on the council’s Adult Care Information Service. If you are in urgent need of help, contact your doctor.

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