Special event to mark World Mental Health Day and World Homeless Day

mental health, homelessness

Newham Council will mark this year’s World Mental Health Day and World Homeless Day with a special event on Friday 8 October, organised in partnership with residents.

Music, poetry, market stalls and inspiring speakers promoting good mental health and preventing homelessness will be available on Friday 8th October, between 10.30am-4.30pm, at Highway Church Hall, 88a Romford Road, Stratford, E15 4EH.

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’ and during the day visitors will hear people’s lived experiences of mental health, watch videos and hear facts about the inequalities people affected by mental illness can face, along with the Council’s progress in tackling rough sleeping.

Councillor Zulfiqar Ali, lead member for health and adult social care said: “So many people have experienced poor mental health and homelessness during the pandemic. We know that people from black and minority ethnic communities have been hit the hardest by Covid-19.

“We want residents to know that our mental health support services are available if they need them. I would encourage people to join this event co-produced with our residents, to find out what the Council is doing to help them feel supported and empowered.”

Councillor Shaban Mohammed, lead member for housing services said: “Life through the pandemic has been gruelling for everyone’s mental health, particularly if you have no place to call home.

“I hope that as many people as possible can come along to this event to see that in Newham we are serious about improving everyone’s wellbeing and ensuring everyone has access to safe, stable and fair housing.”

To book a free place visit the eventbrite booking page. For more information contact: [email protected] 

Published: 30 Sep 2021