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Thursday 17 August 2017
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Pull back the curtain on mental health with free theatre performance for World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day 2014

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is inviting people living across Derby and Derbyshire to a free theatre production event as part of the global World Mental Health Day campaign, which aims to promote awareness and help to reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health issues.

The Trust is working in partnership with the Hearth Centre, a performing arts company based in Birmingham, to showcase a production called ‘Other’ on Friday 10 October, from 1pm – 5pm at Derby Quad, Cinema 1, Market Place, Derby DE2 3AS. ‘Other’ tells the story of a young mixed race man in reverse, working backwards from his detainment in a medium secure forensic unit at aged 19, to his promising beginnings when he was born.

An opportunity to speak to mental health service, such as the city’s Street Triage service, Time to Change and voluntary sector organisations, will also be available to offer support and advice. The event will be opened by the Chairman of Derbyshire Healthcare, Mark Todd, and closed by Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa.

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It was launched in 1992 by the World Health Organisation and this year the theme is ‘living with schizophrenia’; a treatable disorder that affects 26 million people across the world, although more than 50% of people with schizophrenia do not access adequate treatment.

Harinder Dhaliwal, assistant director of engagement for Derbyshire Healthcare, said: "We all know someone who is or has been mentally unwell at some point in their lives as mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, affect one in four people each year throughout the UK. However not all of these people get the support they need because of the stigmas still attached to certain disorders.

“This powerful play provides a fantastic opportunity for people to talk about mental health and most importantly understand the impact of stigma and why we all need to be more sympathetic so people are not afraid to ask for help when they most need it."

Anyone wishing to attend this free theatre production should book their place by emailing shirley.houston@derbyshcft.nhs.uk or call 01332 623723.