It s time to talk...World Mental Health Day events in Dalston

Opening up about mental health issues was the theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day event at Gillett Square, Dalston at the weekend.

The event was jointly organised by Hackney Council, East London NHS Trust, City and Hackney PCT and the Voluntary Sector. There was a range of cultural activities which included the chance to view films at a temporary outdoor cinema, listen to poetry and live music, participate in indoor art activities and watch live hip hop dance performances.

The central aim of the day was to celebrate the richness of life and the human experience and challenge common assumptions, myths and stereotypes about mental health and well-being by encouraging everyone to talk about it more with their friends, families and colleagues.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Health and Community Services said: “I’m pleased the Council had a key role in supporting World Mental Health Day. It is important to recognise that mental health issues are common and affect a large number of people. People should not feel afraid to discuss their problems and seek advice from someone they know or access the network of mental health professionals available in the borough."

For more information about support services for those with mental health problems, please visit the Hackney Council website: or telephone: 020 8356 6262.