On the 11th October 2016 at The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone there will be the Kent Mental Health Festival. The first of its kind in Kent.
Several charities and organisations who are part of the Dover, Deal and Shepway Mental Health Action Group have formed a working group with other Mental Health Action Group members across the county to organise a Mental Health festival. The festival lead is Jo Miller, Local Service Manager for Sanctuary Supported Living for supported housing for people equity mental health conditions in East Kent.
It can be difficult for the general public to find out all the services that are available for them to access and it is so important to know who to contact in times of crisis or even to prevent someone from becoming unwell. The festival will promote mental health organisations that are available in Kent as well as lots of helpful advice on how to keep well and have a healthy lifestyle.
We have invited schools, people with disabilities, and people from hard to reach communities and the event is open to all.
It is possible for mental health illness to strike anyone at anytime and to know that there is help and support out there is really important. 1 in 4 people will experience some form of mental health illness at some point of their life.
The message we would like to spread is in the strap line No Shame, No Stigma, Let's Talk.
There will be a large variety of charities, organisations , workshops, talks and entertainment on the day. It will be filmed and streamed online. A film will be made of the event by Porchlight and Folkestone and District Mind.
We need funding for advertising, transporting people who would not be able to afford there own transport to attend the festival. We need to pay for expenses for acts to come. We have the QEQM Mental Health Choir singing at the event who need their expenses funding.
The evening event will be ticketed is order to raise money for Mental Health Crisis Cafes in the area.
Crisis Cafes are usually open out of normal office hours for a few hours on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday evenings for people who need support in times of need. It is an new and important service and the money raised will help to provide transport for people to be able to attend and for specialist support services when necessary. The Crisis Cafe are run by various charities in Kent.
Information of the event can be found at www.liveitwell.org.uk with links to the twitter account and facebook event page.
We have confirmed two singers from The Voice, Mel Cavanagh and Vangelis. Two local acts are playing on the night. Tickets will be sold to raise money from the evening event, however, we need the funds first to pay for the festival.
This is such an important issue and we have organised two much smaller events in Folkestone Town Centre in recent years, which were well received. We feel that having a fun, interactive event will help to break down barriers and stigma and will get a very important message across to people who might not otherwise wish to talk about mental health issues.
We have applied for grants but so far have not been successful. We are raising some money through selling stalls for the day but half of this will go to hiring the tables and table clothes!
Thank you for reading this and we thank you for your interest for this cause and your generosity.
Booking form link is available at www.liveitwell.org.uk to book a stall at the event and for more details.