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Friday 19 April 2019
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Showing the 'human face of mental health' this World Mental Health Day

Human Library

A host of local organisations are throwing their weight behind next week’s World Mental Health Day by encouraging people to think about the human dimension of mental health.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be teaming up with the University of Derby and local charities to encourage students and residents to listen to the personal stories of people who’ve experienced mental ill health at a ‘human library’ event in the university atrium on 9 October from 10am to 2pm.

Meanwhile Derby City Council will be establishing a mental health champion, Councillor Martin Repton, and encouraging staff to take a moment for ‘tea and talk’ – discussing the impact of mental health issues on themselves and their loved ones.

What is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day 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 ‘dignity in mental health’, and the day is seeking to raise awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity.

"Real-life stories of people"

The ‘human library’ event is part of an international movement to challenge prejudice through social contact. Just like in a real library, a visitor to a human library gets to choose from a range of stories – but rather than being on paper, the stories are the real-life stories of people, told by them in person. Visitors to the library are encouraged to engage with the stories by asking questions, in order to better understand them. Among those telling their mental health stories at the human library on 9 October at the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road site will be a publicly elected Derbyshire Healthcare governor and a Derbyshire Healthcare youth worker, both of whom have direct experience of living with mental ill health themselves. The other ‘human books’ will be people who have been supported by the charity Rethink. Over 20 organisations and charities will also be hosting stalls in the atrium, explaining what they do and how they can help.

Everyone is welcome to attend the ‘human library’ event in the atrium at the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road site on 9 October, 10am to 2pm. Please note there will be a small charge for parking on the university site.

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