You will no doubt already be aware that this year the West Midlands will be hosting the regional event Walking Out of Darkness in Birmingham on Saturday May 6th which precedes Mental Health Awareness Week. The event is supported by Norman Lamb MP and The West Midlands Combined Authority’s Mental Health Commission partner organisations in delivering an ambitious programme to improve mental health outcomes in the region – Thrive West Midlands.
PHE West Midlands Centre Director Dr Sue Ibbotson says: Improved public mental wellbeing and suicide prevention are important priorities for the West Midlands and PHE is delighted to support this year’s Walking Out of Darkness event. This is a great opportunity to raise public awareness, reduce stigma and acknowledge the role good mental wellbeing plays in supporting us to feel good and function well.
Work is now well underway to recruit up to 3,000 members of the public to walk a 10km route along Birmingham’s canal towpaths, culminating in a festival of mental health and wellbeing at Cannon Hill Park, where a variety of activities are planned to raise awareness, reduce stigma and promote mental wellbeing. For more information about the event and how to register to walk, please see here http://www.claspcharity.com/Walking_Out_Of_Darkness.htm
As part of PHE’s support for Walking Out of Darkness, we have agreed to coordinate applications for organisational stalls, which can be used as an opportunity to engage the public with some of the great work we know happening around mental health in the West Midlands. We’d like you to consider if your organisation could staff a free promotional stall at the event or if you know of other organisations locally who might. I have attached a exhibitor’s application form for your use or to forward onto other interested colleagues. Hosting a stall on the day is free of charge, which we think provides an excellent platform to promote local services; as well as demonstrating your partner organisation’s support to improve mental health outcomes in the region.
There are a limited number of exhibitor spaces available at the event, so it’s important to act quickly to secure space for your stall. Subject to continued availability, we will consider applications which reach us by the 5th May 2017. If you have any queries relating to this request or the event in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – in the meantime I look forward to hearing from you.