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Saturday 29 April 2017
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Villagers to pitch up in the heart of Derby to spread the word about mental health

Chill Ville 10.10.2016

Derby’s Market Place will be transformed into an urban retreat for one day only next week to help local residents de-stress and de-compress as part of World Mental Health Day.

To mark the global campaign, staff from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will build the city’s first ever Chill Ville village, in conjunction with a number of local charities including Rethink Steps, the Amber Trust/P3 group and Changing Minds. The community of villagers will come together at the Derby Market Place on Monday 10 October, from 10am to 6pm.

Free holistic therapies

The Chill Ville village will bring a wealth of interactive workshops to Derby which will run throughout the day, including arts and crafts, drumming, singing and much more. A selection of free holistic therapies will also be on offer such as massages, reflexology and hypnotherapy.

Visitors to the Chill Ville settlement will also have the opportunity to create artwork for the village's garden flower pots and get the chance to decorate shoes to form a “stamp out stigma” pathway. Furthermore, members of the public will be able to collect happy mementos for their emotional wellbeing first aid boxes and call into the Village Library to sit, read and reflect. 

World Mental Health Day

The event coincides with World Mental Health Day – a global campaign which takes place every year on 10 October and is supported by organisations including the World Federation of Mental Health and the World Health Organisation. This year’s theme is “psychological first aid”. Derby’s Chill Ville village aims to raise awareness of mental health issues locally and offer guidance on the practical “first aid” support Derby residents can provide to someone experiences the stress of traumatic events.

Carolyn Green, Director of Nursing & Patient Experience for Derbyshire Healthcare, explained: “One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day. 

"Challenge attitudes about mental health"

“Our Chill Ville event, which takes place on World Mental Health Day, aims to challenge people's attitudes about mental health and create a community where people feel able to freely speak about their emotional wellbeing and receive the support they need.”