Woking Mind emphasises the

importance of conversation

There was plenty of cake and conversation at Woking Mind on Wednesday 9th October, to mark World Mental Health Day that takes place on Thursday 10th October. The day aimed to help people find simple ways to strike a conversation using flashcards, affirmations and games. Members were also joined by Will Forster, former Mayor of Woking, who became President of Woking Mind earlier this year.

Will Forster, President of Woking Mind said: “World Mental Health Day is a reminder to everyone that we need to keep conversations going about mental health to increase empathy and help reduce the stigma that remains about the illness. Despite mental health services being under the spotlight, it still is the Cinderella service of our NHS, which is why the work that Woking Mind does is absolutely critical to fill in the gaps. With demand for support increasing, Woking Mind is becoming more reliant on the kindness of the local community and businesses. If you can support Woking Mind with your time or fundraising, please get in touch.”

World Mental Health Day is a global awareness day and an opportunity for everyone to think about how to take care of their own mental health. With 1 in 4 people suffering with a mental health problem at some point in their lives, building social connections is one way of keeping yourself well. Evidence shows that good relations with friends, family, colleagues and the wider community are important for our mental wellbeing

Emma Martin, Member Care Manager, Woking Mind said: “It was great to see everyone come together in our games, which is another great way of starting a conversation with someone you don’t know very well.”

Woking Mind run a rolling programme of monthly activities to help support the recovery of adults living with enduring mental health problems. The activities aim to help foster self-esteem and independence, as well as help build friendships in a safe and supportive environment.