To mark World Mental Health Day 2017, Oxford Health took part in Oxfordshire Mind’s #OxMindWMHD book campaign tour on Tuesday 10th October as a part of a range of activities on the day.

As one of Oxford Health’s Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership colleagues – Oxfordshire Mind are travelling the county to raise awareness of mental health with a book and a bus.

The #OxMindWMHD book invites contributions in the form of a pledge, photo, art, poem, literature, personal experience and more. Contributions can be added in confidence, or named, allowing individuals to open up, discuss their challenges and break the stigma surrounding mental health challenges.

Oxford Health patients, service-users and colleagues shared their journey in the book on 10th October when loose paper leaves arrived at the Warneford Hospital on board the Oxfordshire Mind bus (stand in 1931 MG sports car), as a part of the book tour.

Anne Clark, Partnership Manager at Oxford Health said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to share their experiences and raise awareness for mental health. There are lots of events going on around the county. I had the pleasure of going to a celebration of World Mental Health Day at the Witney Corn Exchange. Colleagues from Oxford Health will be there when the book is presented to Councillor Ian Hudspeth in the county hall tonight.”

All contributions made will be bound into a book and presented on World Mental Health Day. If you would like to submit a contribution on World Mental Health Day, visit the Oxfordshire Mind website before the end of Tuesday 10th October.

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year.

The day provides an opportunity to shine a light on the importance of mental health and taking care of our emotional, physiological and social wellbeing.