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World Mental Health Day 2018 – What We Got Up To & How You Can Get Help For Yourself Or Others

by | Oct 11, 2018 |

Yesterday – October 10th 2018 – was World Mental Health Day.

There were loads of people sharing helpful advice, stories and information about maintaining a healthy mental wellbeing. An estimated 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem in the UK.

The Wellbeing in Wokingham Action Group (WIWAG) ran a Wellbeing Conference with us on this day at the Cantley House Hotel, featuring various speakers & guests from local organisations:

Lovely feedback from the event has already been received! One gentleman said “I really enjoyed being part of it, meeting others with the same passion for mental health change and passing on information.”

Anne Marie, the brains behind WIWAG and the event said “Amazing event today guys – absolutely amazing! Learnt so much!”.

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make this event great! Keep reading to find out how you can get local help if you have mental health issues… If you were unable to attend this great events, you can click to view a video summary of the event!


If you are worried about someone it can be difficult to know what to do and how you can support them. When you are aware there is an issue, it is important not to wait. Waiting and hoping they will come to you for help might lose valuable time in getting them support.
Talking to someone is often the first step to take when you know they are going through a hard time. This way you can find out what is troubling them and what you can do to help.
When talking with someone about their mental health, follow these tips:
1. Set time aside with no distractions
2. Let them share as much or as little as they want to
3. Don’t try to diagnose or second guess their feelings
4. Keep questions open ended
5. Talk about wellbeing
6. Listen carefully to what they tell you
7. Offer them help in seeking professional support and provide information on ways to do this
8. Know your limits


If you’re struggling, here is a list of local resources in and around
Bracknell Forest & Wokingham Borough:

  • The Little Blue Book of Sunshine was put together by local Berkshire Councils to help young people with mental health issues. It’s full of useful links and resources and is available in most local schools so that it is easily accessible by students.
  • Talking Therapies is a friendly and approachable service that helps people with mental health problems.
    They help adults aged 17+ living in Berkshire and they have a team of advisors and therapists who can help you to overcome life’s difficulties and problems and manage them better.
    You can refer yourself to Talking Therapies now, or ask your GP or healthcare Professional to refer you.
  • Since May 2017 the Bracknell Forest Community Network has supported nearly 200 people aged 18 and over living with mental ill-health to develop their confidence, interests, hobbies, life skills and resilience.The network has dedicated recovery facilitators who support individuals on their recover ourney
  • The Wokingham Community Mental Health Team is for patients, carers, family members, GPs, NHS professionals and anyone else in Wokingham who has questions or concerns about a mental health related issue.
  • SeAp runs a Mental Health Advocacy servic o help resolve issues or concerns you may have about your health and well-being or your health and social care services.
  • Your Voice in Action (YViA) is a group of people who are or have been a Service User or cared for someone who has received treatment from the mental health services in Wokingham.
  • The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way, about whatever is getting to you. If you urgently need help call their emergency helpline for free on 116 123.

National Organisations include: