The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme focuses on suicide prevention in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Here at BU we are celebrating this year’s World Mental Health Day by running a range of events around good mental health. The subject areas are diverse and thought provoking. Take a look at what’s on, come along and join in the conversation.
Although suicidal behaviour is complex, it may be preventable - together we can help support mental health and prevent suicide in our communities.
Wednesday 9 October, Lawrence Lecture Theatre, Talbot Campus
During the afternoon we will hear from external partners including the Dorset Healthcare Trust, Dorset Suicide Prevention Partnership Group and the Samaritans and contributions from BU staff. There will also be an opportunity to put questions to all of our speakers during a panel discussion.
Perhaps you have questions around support networks, volunteering or you just want to find out a little more about the services available to staff and students here at BU. Whatever your interest please do join us to find out more:
2pm - Welcome
2.10pm - The Big White Wall
2.30pm - Dorset Suicide Prevention Partnership
3pm - Samaritans
3.30pm - Dr Ann Luce, Principal Academic, BU – Suicide and the Media
In addition to the above event we will be running several activities across both campuses throughout the week. These range from talks around how nature and photography can help people recover from mental ill health and the impact poor mental health has on families and the emergency services.
Trevor Parsons, Professional Wildlife Photographer
This presentation will show how Trevor overcame his mental breakdowns and not only recovered from it but has thrived since and will try to encourage more people into the countryside and enjoy the benefits of nature and photography.
What is ecotherapeutic design? How can we harness the power of nature in our lives? Why do our surroundings matter? What effect does nature have on us? Answers to these questions and more are the focus of this presentation exploring design and nature, and its impacts on all our lives. It will also explore how we can all get involved in creating change for the better and become more aware of our environment, for everyone's benefit.
Stan Sadler, Dorset Healthcare, Lead for Criminal Justice, Liaison & Diversion
The presentation will illustrate findings from a collaborative evaluation, which had independent support from BU and the Centre for Mental Health, exploring the impacts of the Dorset Criminal Justice, Liaison & Diversion Services and demonstrate critical support that has led to many positive outcomes for vulnerable people in hope of ultimately reducing the risks around re-offending.
Ché Donald, National Vice Chair, Police Federation of England & Wales
This presentation will explore the relationship between the increased demands in policing and the diminishing capacity and resources within police forces. In addition, it will explore the link with, and impact on, the health and wellbeing of police officers across the 43 police forces of England and Wales and the work being undertaken by the Police Federation to address this.
Through this talk Andrew will chart his family’s journey through the mental health system and share the lessons he has learnt along the way. He will look at our current model of care and explain why he doesn’t think it is able to deal with what seems to be a growing mental health crisis. He will also propose some ideas about how we can create a new model and what we can all do to help.