Health roadshow

Joanne Tweddle of the Marina way ASDA store with Phyl Rafferty of HVDA and Tony Leighton of Healthwatch during the World Mental Health Day promotion
Joanne Tweddle of the Marina way ASDA store with Phyl Rafferty of HVDA and Tony Leighton of Healthwatch during the World Mental Health Day promotion

A SERIES of roadshows to help people access health care in Hartlepool proved to be a big hit.

Mental health services and organisations came together to create a directory detailing what services are available in the town and how to access them.

The directory was available for anyone to pick up along with other promotional merchandise at the pop-up roadshows during International World Mental Health Day, which took place on Thursday, October 10.

Staff were also on hand to chat about the directory, mental health in general and the services available during the events that were held in Asda, Morrisons and Tesco.

The Creative Cafe, in conjunction with Hartlepool’s Beautiful Minds, also held an evening that included performance poetry and creative writing for two hours.

Maureen Hanley, development worker with the Choices for Life Service and the Creative Cafe, in Villiers Street, said the event was a “wonderful thing” to be at to see people perform their work.

She added: “It was all really successful. The roadshows ran out of literature and information, and that was the aim. We wanted to get everything out there and so people have all the info they need.

“And because it was such a positive evening, we’re going to look at developing that and ways to integrate more people.

“We want to raise awareness of the cafe and the service.

“The whole day was really positive, but we will now go through the figures and make sure we’re not missing anyone out”.

The directory and mental health information is still available on a daily basis at Creative Cafe, in Villiers Street, Hartlepool, which is open Monday to Friday 10am–3pm.

World Mental Health Day is organised each year by the Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness of key issues and to help people lead happier lives.

The main theme of this year’s campaign was mental health in later life, including problems such as loneliness.