Mental Health Day 7th October 2018
The Isle of Wight Festival of Mind, organised by AspireRyde, was held as part of Mental Health Day and there was a range of activities on offer to help people relax and enjoy life a little more.
I took part in the bread making course run by Vectis Housing. It was an excellent course and was enjoyed by all of us who took part. The end result was tasty too!
The Festival of Mind was held at their community buildings, formerly Holy Trinity Church. Within the grounds of the old church was community growing project called Growing Great Things aimed at improving the health and wellbeing and reducing isolation of local people. I met up with Alice the organiser who told me the project was really well attended with activities happening three days a week. Numbers of people attending were high with the limiting factor being time and money.
Growing Great Things is just one of several green centered activities to be found on the Island aimed at connecting people with the outdoors and the natural environment. It seems to me that perhaps more could be done to promote these excellent activities to both the wider public and to the health and care profession so that they can be better accessed by more people and better funded.
Photos by Pete Johnstone
More photos of Mental health day can be seen here