Every year, the world celebrates World Mental Health Day on 10 October. This year, the theme is: “Mental health is a universal human right.”
Find out how you can get involved and help raise awareness of mental health here in Surrey, by taking part in some of our wellbeing activities, sharing our social media content or attending local community events.
Get involved with MFT
We will be running a wide range of activities on Tuesday 10 October in all our areas and online. From peer support groups and gardening groups to physical activities and arts and crafts, there is literally something for everyone!
Our activities include:
- 10am-12pm – Peer Support Group, Coffee Morning and Play Reading at Brickfield Centre, Epsom
- 11am-12.30pm – Arts and Craft, Leatherhead exploring what makes us well
- 11.30am-12.30pm – Yoga, Dorking
- 11.30am- 12.30pm – Online Nature Nurture Autumn Group
- 12pm-2pm – Peer Support Group, St Peter’s, West Molesey Community Group
- 1pm-4pm – Drop in Surgery for people experiencing Domestic Abuse, Brickfield Centre, Epsom
- 1pm-2pm – Wellbeing football, Leatherhead Leisure Centre
- 1.30pm-3pm – Gardening Group, Brickfield Centre, Epsom
- 2pm-3pm – Online Creative Writing Group
- 3.30pm-4.30pm – Yoga for Wellbeing, Banstead Youth Centre
- 7.30-8.30pm – Online Let’s Talk Stigma around Addiction
For more information about each of these activities, please visit our Activities, Courses and Groups page.
We will also be sharing content on social media to raise awareness of mental health and of our services – please do share our posts to help us reach as many people as possible! Not everyone knows about the free support we offer to Surrey residents so you could be helping someone else by spreading our message out!
Get involved in your local community
Friends of Horton Cemetery
The Friends of Horton Cemetery is a charitable organisation whose goal is to bring dignity and respect to the memory of the many tens of thousands of mental health patients, including war heroes, who died within the Epsom Cluster of asylums. Of those who died in these hospitals while they were in operation, 9,000 remain buried on a neglected piece of land in Surrey, England, their graves may now be unmarked but they are not forgotten.
On World Mental Health Day, Friends of Horton Cemetery in partnership with Out of Sight, Out of Mind and Horton Arts Centre, Epsom will bring recognition and dignity to pauper patients abandoned on derelict land in a free celebratory arts festival including:
- 1pm-1.30pm – Ceremony of Commemoration, Horton Cemetery, KT19 8QG (parking in HooK Road Arena)
- 2pm-3.30pm – Memorial Garden Unveiling with refreshments and creative celebrations (poems, music, dance and theatrical performances), The Horton Arts Centre, Haven Way, Epsom, KT19 8NP
For more information, download their World Mental Health Day programme.
To take part, please register your interest on their RSVP form.
Love Me Love My Mind Epsom
Love Me Love My Mind will be celebrating World Mental Health Day by hosting events on Saturday 7 October and Monday 9 October.
- Saturday 7 October – 10am – 4pm – Epsom Mental Health and Wellbeing Information Stand, at The Market Place, Clock Tower, High St, Epsom KT19 8EB. They will have an information stand with leaflets and flyers from local mental health and wellbeing charities (including MFT) and organisations.
- Monday 9 October – 4pm-7pm Drop-In at St Barnabas Church, Temple Road Epsom KT19 8HA to celebrate World Mental Health Day. The Drop-In is supported by volunteers who ensure that there are always refreshments and homemade meals available. The atmosphere is informal and welcoming, and it is a good place to meet others. Drop-In members decide the programme of activities and have a strong sense of belonging and ownership. Everyone is welcome, especially those isolated by mental health difficulties. Members of the drop-in are also supported to access other services and resources as required.
The Horton Art Club
The Horton are hosting a special evening event for World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October at 8pm – a performance of “We Are What We Overcome” by Matt McGuinness.
Development of the show was supported by the Samaritans – who will be attending too.
The show is upbeat, honest and features a full live band but does deal with themes that may be a trigger to some people.
The Horton is offering a special subsidised group ticket for clients of MFT for £5 each. If you are interested in attending, please contact Christine, our Programme Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is the video trailer for the show.