Alternative approach to World Mental Health Day

Published Wednesday, 7th October 2020

Help and advice is being made available to Hartlepool residents in an alternative approach to World Mental Health Day (Saturday October 10th)

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the town’s usual drop-in event at the Borough Hall cannot take place, so Hartlepool Borough Council, Healthwatch Hartlepool and the town’s Mental Health Forum have come together to produce information bags that are being distributed with the help of a number of local pharmacies.

The bags contain a range of useful information and are available free of charge at supporting pharmacies on a first come-first served basis.

The pharmacies supporting the initiative are Lloyds (Kendal Road/Wiltshire Way), Asda, Middlewarren, Winterbottom Avenue, Whitfield’s, Headlands and Clayfields.

An information display has also been set up in an empty unit at the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, on the ground-floor adjacent to Boots, and this will be on display until Monday 12th October

Neil Harrison, Head of Safeguarding and Specialist Services at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Once it became apparent that we were not going to be able to hold our annual event to mark World Mental Health Day, we started thinking about alternative ways of making people aware of the range of help and support that is available.

“On behalf of the Mental Health Forum I would like to thank the pharmacies and the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre for their invaluable support.

“These are particularly difficult times for many people and it is important they know that help and support is available.”

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