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Looking forward to World Mental Health Day

I can hardly believe that 10th October is almost upon us as it only feels like yesterday that we were marking World Mental Health Day 2010. This year, as always, we have lots of activities taking place to celebrate World Mental Health Day, raise awareness and challenge stigma.

The Social Inclusion Cup is taking place at the Warneford on 10th October. This is a football tournament organised by Streets Revolution CIC and the Trust. The aims of the tournament include engaging with homeless people, mental health service users and other groups. Although the Cup takes place in Oxfordshire, teams enter from all over the country. Good luck to our teams Coasters and Aylesbury Academicals!

I have the pleasure of opening the Life Stories exhibition on 10th October at 2pm. The exhibition is at the Artscape Gallery, Warneford Hospital. It will be a great opportunity to mark World Mental Health Day and celebrate peoples’ experiences and creativity. I hope you will take the time to visit the exhibition next time you are in the area.

Finally, on 11th October at the Pheonix Picture House, Oxford we are hosting a screening of Liberelun. This has been planned in conjunction with Coasters and Artscape In 2008 patients, volunteers and workers from Italy, members of the National Association for Sport and Social Integration (ANPIS) accompanied by members from the Oxford Coasters (patients from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust) travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to take part in ‘Patassarriba’ – an event to offer support and inspiration to mental health services and patients in Argentina. Paula Kleiman’s film ‘Liberelun’ documents the practical and spiritual journeys made by ANPIS members and by the residents of a large mental institution (manicomio) outside Buenos Aires as they prepare to compete in the tournament. The action takes place both in the BOCA Juniors Club facility and in the grounds of the hospital. Tickets are on general sale, so if you haven’t got yours yet visit http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Phoenix_Picturehouse/film/Liberelun_Q_A

I am looking forward to our World Mental Health Day celebrations and hopefully hearing about what you are planning to mark this important day.