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Tackling depression
Friday 5th October, 2012

Organisations in Wigan and Leigh will mark World Mental Health Day next week with a day dedicated to raising awareness of depression.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Active Living Team has joined forces with the Richmond Fellowship to bring together 15 organisations at St Peter’s Pavilion in Hindley on Wednesday 10 October to raise awareness about the types of services available for people suffering with mental health issues.

The event will run from 12.30pm until 4.30pm and will include a variety of activities including hand massage, Xbox Kinect sessions, a health walk, cycling session and much more!

Active Choices programme - delivered by Wigan Leisure Culture Trust's Active Living Team – provides a diverse programme of activities for adults with mental illnesses, learning disabilities and, or, physical disabilities. The aim of Active Choices is to improve access and choice in order to get more people physically active in the borough.

Matthew McQuillan from WLCT’s Active Living Team, said: “The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services.

“This year the theme for the day is ‘Depression: A Global Crisis’.

“Depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages, in all communities, and is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease.”

The Richmond Fellowship (RF) - has been operating specialist mental health services for 51 years and now operates over 120 services nationally.

Since 2000 it has been running the Wigan Dimensions Service - a Community Based Day Service for adults with mental health problems.

The Fellowships approach is based on people’s strengths, aspirations and support needs. The service is focused on social inclusion and the principles of recovery, offering co-ordinate support for employment, education, training, social activities, sports and leisure, arts, culture and spirituality.

Wendy Baylis from the Richmond Fellowship said: "Blue Horizons, an awarding winning animation on the affects of social inclusion, will be shown during the event. Produced by Richmond Fellowship, with support from 5 Boroughs Partnership (NHS) Foundation Trust, the animation explores the social and economic exclusion experienced by people with mental problems, it highlights the stigma individuals face, and how together, communities can make recovery a reality for individuals.”

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