PURPLE light will bathe iconic landmarks across Stockton-on-Tees tonight (October 10) to mark World Mental Health Day.
The annual event promotes mental health education, awareness and advocacy, particularly against the social stigma that many people with mental health issues face.
This year’s theme is ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world’, with a focus on adolescents and the early years of adulthood.
And in a show of support, Stockton’s riverside, Town Hall, High Street and fountains will all turn purple tonight.
Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Huge efforts are being made to improve mental health and wellbeing in the Borough, particularly among young people, and our recent Scrutiny Review provided great insight into this.
“But there is lots more to be done, particularly in relation to better integration of services and tackling stigma and discrimination around mental health, which can often leave those people affected in fear of seeking the help or support they need.
“We can all do our bit as individuals too. The simple act of asking a friend, family member or colleague how they are, and lending a listening and sympathetic ear, can go a long way.
“We will be lighting up landmarks in Stockton-on-Tees tonight to show our support and help raise awareness of this event.”
First organised by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992, World Mental Health Day is now held globally.
More information about the mental health services available in Stockton-on-Tees can be found on the Stockton Information Directory www.stocktoninformationdirectory.org