"High Street Delight for Mental Health Market stall"
"On Thursday 28th August, Southend Libraries helped out at a mental health community market stall in the town’s High Street. The event was co-ordinated by 1 in 4, a consortium of specialist care, support groups and local charities that work with individuals experiencing mental health issues.
1 in 4 aims to promote positive mental health by raising public awareness, tackling stigma, educating and providing guidance of the wide variety of services and support available from members who include Samaritans, Alzheimer's Society, Atrium Clinic and Therapy Centre, Hate Crime, Just Listening to You, Southend Libraries, Southend Mind, NHS Health Training, Relate, Rethink, Richmond Fellowship, SAVS, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Trust Links
A wide range of information was on display and free stress dots were given out to visitors to check their own stress levels during their day. Particularly popular was a specially designed 1 in 4 “test your mental health knowledge” cootie catcher was also used to encourage shoppers and members of the public to visit the stall and find out more. Several visitors shared their childhood memories of playing with cootie catchers and this sparked some positive and meaningful conversations around mental health.
As a member of 1 in 4, Southend Libraries displayed a range of mood-boosting books along with information about The Reading Agency’s new Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme for people to pick up and chat to library staff.
Local press also attended and we received some excellent coverage in the Southend Yellow Advertiser. We also tweeted (and were re-tweeted) about the display, which was staffed by a range of different 1 in 4 representatives across the day."
Simon Wallace (Communities and Social Inclusion Manager)