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Recovery College unveiled by Haringey Borough Council to mark World Mental Health Day
A college and cafe to support people with mental illnesses and their carers was launched to mark World Mental Health Day.
The Recovery College was unveiled by Haringey Borough Council on, Thursday, October 10.
It is at the Clarendon Centre, in Clarendon Road, Wood Green, and is one of just a handful across the capital.
The college offers a range of courses and resources geared towards helping people to become experts in their own care.
It also offers families, friends and carers a better understanding of mental health conditions so that they can support loved ones in their recovery.
Cllr Bernice Vanier, cabinet member for health and adult services said: “I was honoured to attend the opening of this fantastic new facility.
“The college is a really innovative way to support people with mental ill health and to empower them to manage and overcome their health issues, as well as to develop skills to take into new employment.
“The courses and the cafe are very much an asset for the whole community and the launch this week was a really powerful reminder that promoting mental health and well being is everyone’s business.”
The council’s public health team is also working on a wide-ranging project to tackle stigma around mental health.
As part of the healthy schools programme, national charity Young Minds has been commissioned to work in both primary and secondary schools.
The charity is working to give teachers the skills to promote well-being and take a proactive approach to mental health across the whole school.
There are also plans to work with partners such as the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to address mental health stigma through sport.
They are also working with various voluntary sector organisations on tackling stigma within Haringey’s communities.
Cllr Vanier added: “It is unacceptable that anyone experiences the isolation and stress of being stigmatised for enduring mental ill health.
“Over the next year we will be doing lots to support our young people and all of our communities to tackle stigma around mental ill health and to empower those who are suffering with mental health problems to be open and honest about their experiences.
“I’m really committed to ensuring that schools and employers as well as individuals and our communities have the tools to overcome and tackle stigma – more than one in three will experience some kind of mental ill health but tackling stigma is important for us all.”
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