It's World Mental Health Day and people are gathering in Newcastle for an event aimed at tackling the stigma. More than 50 organisations, from large frontline NHS services to small community self-help groups, are heading to Grey's monument to enjoy entertainment and discuss mental health.
Poets, dancers, singers and musicians will be there, all promoting the message that mental health is nothing to be embarrassed about and is something to talk about. They say they hope to encourage people to be more open about illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
– Nick Brown MP
"Newcastle Mental Health Day provides a good opportunity to raise the profile of the organisations working to support those with mental health difficulties. These organisations provide a valuable support network to people in our communities and help to address a problem that can be difficult to speak about openly and in public. Events like Newcastle Mental Health day are a good way of highlighting mental health and encouraging people to talk about their difficulties as a first step to tackling this important health issue. I wish it every success."
– Leader of Newcastle City Council, Councillor Nick Forbes
"Mental Health is often a hidden issue, but through events such as Newcastle Mental Health Day, it can be brought to the attention of the public, helping to raise awareness and to tackle the associated stigma.
"It's great to see so many organisations from across the city coming together for this event, reflecting the wide commitment to tackling mental health issues here in Newcastle."