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London is to get its own unique launch of the exciting new nationwide rethinkyourmind project, to honour capital-based supporters.
Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE will be guest speaker alongside an array of other experts in the field of mental health. The special event is to showcase the backing organisations and promote rethinkyourmind’s drive to power mental health into the spotlight.
The project and its www.rethinkyourmind.co.uk website were officially unveiled in May in Leicester, where it was created by city-based community interest company SISO (Safe Inside, Safe Outside) and Citizens’ Eye.
The website is the springboard for the UK-wide drive to get everyone talking about mental health and for the creative search for winning words and artwork for two music singles and a hardback book.
The organisers are giving a free platform for NHS Trusts and national organisations and charities to provide a valuable mental health help guide that will link up support organisations with the people who need them most.
The project now has 34 supporters including Time to Change the Samaritans and the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Other big name backers include Coronation Street and Full Monty star Steve Huison and a glittering array of artists, poets and photographers who will be assessing the entries.
Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, former Chair of Mental Health Act Commission, has been an active supporter since the projects inception. He is providing the foreword for the book and will host the grand prize presentation at the House of Lords.
He is also lead guest speaker at the free London event, at the popular Tufnell Park Tavern on Monday September 10, ahead of the creative competition launch on World Mental Health Day 10th October.
The London rethinkyourmind gala will also feature music, food and space for supporting organisations to take a stall and showcase their own work.
“The event is free, open to everyone and all we ask is that organisations who want to set up stalls let us know as soon as possible so that we can reserve space,” says rethinkyourmind’s Peter Hirst.
The SISO Development Worker is also lead singer with the band Refuge, who’ll produce one of the CD singles. The other will be by female Hip Hop artist Rubie Colt.
This is SISO’s second major mental health competition style project. The first, which you can see at www.refugemusic.co.uk/competition, was a huge success and website hits are now over 95,000.
“The aim is to make rethinkyourmind even bigger and better, with a tailored resource to empower people with the knowledge that there is help out there, and exactly how they can access it,” he adds.
You can book stall space at the September 10 by contacting email@example.com