Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre to host World Mental Health Day event

Poster advertising a World Mental Health Day event at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Bristol.

An informal event being held in Bradley Stoke on Friday (10th October, World Mental Health Day) will provide practical advice and information about mental health.

The event, which runs from 10.30am to 2pm, will be held at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre and will offer visitors the opportunity to try out various sporting activities that help lift the mood, including table tennis, badminton, swimming and exercise classes.

The physical activity sessions will be followed by talks about mental health and associated issues from a range of experts including Anthony Lacny and Maria-Paloma Sequeiros from the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP).

Throughout the event there will also be a marketplace of stalls and information available so you can find out what’s happening locally and where you can go for help and support. There will also be a performance from the South Gloucestershire Carers Choir who will be performing uplifting songs.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of mental health and to promote the benefits of sports activity in encouraging positive wellbeing. It will also be an opportunity to share information and inform the community about the services and support on offer in the area.

Dr Mark Pietroni, South Gloucestershire Council’s Director of Public Health, said:

“We are working together with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health partnership and the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to make the future better for people with mental health issues.”

“Many people self-manage their mental health condition and try to deal with all of the stress and anxiety on their own. We are particularly trying to encourage those people to come along to this event and find out about all of the support that is available.”

Dr Peter Bagshaw, the Clinical Lead for Mental Health for South Gloucestershire CCG, said:

“We recommend people in South Gloucestershire go along to this event to find out more about mental health.”

“Without care or treatment, mental health problems can have a serious effect on an individual and those around them, impacting on people’s daily lives, relationships and employment.”

“We work closely with South Gloucestershire Council, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and other voluntary organisations to provide a range of services for people experiencing mental health problems.”

South Gloucestershire Council, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, and the South Gloucestershire CCG are hosting the event as part of the Discover Festival. Children are welcome and there will be activities to keep them entertained taking place throughout the day.

For more information or to book please call 01454 868274, 01454 865473 or email

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  1. This is a fantastic idea.

    Sadly, what I am disappointed with is the limited publicising of this event, and unfortunately, the date and times are possibly too short notice for those who manage with mental health issues, whilst in full time employment.

    However, that gripe aside, I hope this events goes well, for attendees and the presenters who are giving their time. I also hope people with mental health issues have the courage to attend and get some support. It is about time that mental health becomes more open and treated with the same respect and seriousness as any other illness.

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