Festival of Mental Health


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Come and join our two-day festival

This October the University of Cumbria is staging a two-day Festival of Mental Health to raise awareness of the issues individuals face across their lifespan, and what we can do to maintain our own wellbeing

FULL PROGRAMME OF EVENTS AVAILABLE HERE: Festival of Mental Health Programme of Events

We are proud to announce that Lord Melvyn Bragg, CH, FRS, FBA, FRSL. Broadcaster, author, parliamentarian, Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria and proud Cumbrian, has offered his support and endorsement for the Festival of Mental Health taking place on our Lancaster campus.

Lord Bragg commented, “Mental health plays such an enormous part with so many people’s lives in today’s society. It is crucial therefore that we start to recognise its importance as equal to our physical health needs, and look for ways to build on our resilience, whilst strengthening our overall wellbeing.  Having known depression and mental stress myself and being President on MIND for fifteen years, I thoroughly endorse what the University of Cumbria is doing to raise awareness of this subject to its staff and students and welcome this campaign”.

Lord Bragg is probably best known for his work as editor and presenter of The South Bank Show for many years, and for the Radio 4 discussion series In Our Time.

As well as providing information and resources around mental health and wellbeing, we also hope to raise a substantial amount of money over the two days, which will be donated to mental health and dementia charities.

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Day 1: Coincides with World Mental Health Day and will focus on child, adolescent and adult mental health themes. The activities we currently have lined up include:

plus many more.

In the early evening there will be an event hosted by the University Film Society, who will be showing a mental health related film (One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest) followed by a discussion including an expert panel. This event will be free but seating is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. See our seperate listing here, or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/film-club-uoc-17535985609 to reserve your place.

Thursday 11 October 2018

Day 2 will focus on the older person and dementia. Some of the activities we current have lined up include:

plus many more.

In the evening, Rob Gee will be performing his award-winning play Forget Me Not (An Alzheimer’s Whodunit), followed by a dementia-related discussion workshop. Tickets are available now for this event at a very reasonable rate: 

Full Price            £5.00

Concessions        £2.50

On the Door        £6.00

See our seperate listing here, or go to https://store.cumbria.ac.uk/product-catalogue/general/conferences-events

For more information, please e-mail: steven.mccarthy-grunwald@cumbria.ac.uk 

We hope you will have the time to attend the events over the two days, come and spend some time looking round the campus and joining in the activities.

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Festival of Mental Health


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