Wakefield Council backs World Mental Health Day (October 10)

Wakefield Council is throwing its support behind World Mental Health Day by encouraging residents to look after their physical and mental health.

World Mental Health Day takes place on Friday 10 October, and this year the focus of the international campaign is schizophrenia. 

In the Wakefield district it is estimated that approximately 810 people aged 18-64 years old are predicted to have the psychotic disorder. Schizophrenia is said to affect around 26 million people across the world.

Estimates suggest there are currently 32,700 people in Wakefield who have a common mental disorder such as emotional distress. Additionally, 28,000 people are suffering from depression.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults & Health said: “One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. 

“It’s crucial that we get behind any campaign that raises awareness of mental health to help break the stigma that’s often associated with it.”

Dr Andrew Furber, Director of Public Health at Wakefield Council said:  “Mental ill health is more common than many people think, although there are some basic things you can do that are known to have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. Being more active, eating a healthy diet and cutting down on alcohol are all simple steps that anyone can take.”

Coinciding with World Mental Health Day, Wakefield Council has signed the Mindful Employer Charter.

Mindful Employer is a voluntary initiative which aims to provide employers with easier access to information and local support in relation to staff experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions.

Health improvement officers will be touring the district throughout October promoting a wide range of initiatives that are known to have a positive effect on mental wellbeing.  These include a 28 day food challenge, Stoptober, which encourages people to stop smoking, and ‘Go Sober for October’, to reduce or give up alcohol for the month.

The 28 day food challenge is a Council led initiative encouraging people to eat their  five-a -day fruit or veg portions, every day, for 28 days.  Health Improvement Officers will be on hand to talk to about this and other ways to improve mental wellbeing on the following dates:

  • Friday 17 October - Asda, Glasshoughton
  • Wednesday 22 October - Sun Lane Leisure Centre

To take part in the 28 day challenge simply like the Wakefield Wellbeing Facebook page to find out more. ​