Every 10th October is World Mental Health Day – a time to raise awareness of mental illness and its effects on people’s lives worldwide.
Adult learners across Lancashire have been encouraged to break the taboo surrounding mental health by raising awareness and engaging in important conversations.
As part of World Mental Health Day, Lancashire Adult Learning ran a range of classes, including Chair Based Exercise, First Aid, Health Literacy and Improving your Confidence. Learners took part in a number of activities to improve their general health and wellbeing, as well as tackling more specific issues around mental health, using resources from the Mental Health Foundation.
Sarah Haworth, LAL’s Curriculum Leader for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Mental health is an issue which affects everyone – of all ages and from all walks of life. The aim of World Mental Health day is to bring this out into the open to encourage conversation and provide support where it’s most needed.”
LAL also participated in a ‘pop-up’ shop at St George’s Centre in Preston, organised by InTheCity a community space for creativity and sharing ideas run by UCLan. This event was also used to launch their partnership with Lancashire Community Restart, a modern, forward-thinking service aiming to improve the quality of life and outcomes for people with mental health problems across Lancashire. Community Restart will be working with LAL to make sure individuals have access to all the educational and training opportunities they need.
Anxiety and depression are the most common mental disorders in Britain. As many as 10 per cent of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime. LAL provides courses for adults throughout Lancashire. A wide range of courses are offered, including those designed to help people their health and wellbeing, including Mindfulness, Yoga and Healthy Eating,