Monday, 16 September 2013

Mayor supports One Book Mental Health Initiative

Photographed at an event to mark the finale of 
‘The Health in Mind One Book’ campaign
 in Bangor Carnegie Library on Thursday 12 September, 
was: (from left to right): Lynda Bryans, journalist, broadcaster 
and patron of Aware Defeat Depression, Darren Gowdy, 
Health In Mind Project Manager
Mayor of North Down Council, Councillor Andrew Muir
 Dr Chris Williams, Professor of Psychiatry & Honorary Consultant 
Psychiatrist at the University of Glasgow and member 
of the One Book selection panel plus  Author 
Colin Bateman and  Helen Osborn, Director with Libraries NI
I supported the Libraries NI The Health in Mind One Book Initiative on Thursday 12 September 2013. The scheme is supported by Action Mental Health, Aware Defeat Depression, Mind Wise, Cause, Public Health Agency and Libraries NI.

Helen Osborn (Director of Library Services, Libraries NI), Lynda Bryans (Aware Defeat Depression Patron), Colin Bateman and Mayor Muir were present at the event.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry as chosen as the One Book to promote understanding and awareness of Mental Health issues and importance of well-being.

I found the book and event extremely valuable way to engage in positive discussions about mental health and wellbeing issues. For far too long we have considered mental health matters taboo subjects. By reading the book and engaging in open conversations we can hopefully realise ambition arising from The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry to “do something out of the ordinary, take a journey, renew contact with someone, look at strangers with a new perspective.

The story from the book and Thursday’s event must be that life is a Journey with Ups and Downs but in the midst of this journey we must dare to dream, keep connected and never undervalue Cup of a Tea and Chat. More information can be found at www.yourhealthinmind.org

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