Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day.

“World Mental Health Day celebrates awareness for the global community in an empathetic way,
with a unifying voice, helping those feel hopeful by empowering them to take action and to create lasting change.”

This year the focus is on Suicide Prevention. See below a open letter from Dr. Alberto Trimboli. President WFMH 

Dear Friends:

This year, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has decided to make “suicide prevention” the main theme of World Mental Health Day.

Suicidal behaviour has existed throughout human history, but due to several complex factors, it has increased gradually in all parts of the world and, in the past few decades, has reached alarming statistical levels.

While the WHO has made suicide a priority issue for a number of years, it is important to emphasise that it is a topic that has attracted the interest of most fields of study for centuries, which is why it has been explored by philosophy, religion, medicine, sociology, bioethics, law, and psychology, among other fields.

According to the WHO, more than 800,000 people die by suicide a year, making it the principal cause of death among people fifteen to twenty-nine years old.

It is often believed that it is only adults who exhibit suicidal behaviours, but it should be made known that many children and young people engage in this kind of behavior as a result of violence, sexual abuse, bullying and cyberbullying.

Suicide is a global public health problem that deserves the attention of all the actors in the field of mental health, including scientific and professional organisations, organisations for mental health users and their families, and universities. It deserves particular attention from national health authorities, since it is their responsibility to craft policies and directives aimed at establishing strategies to prevent suicide and promote the public’s mental health. The role of both print and audiovisual communication media and of social media is no less important, since their participation can have positive as well as negative effects, depending on how they address this subject.

There are numerous complex factors that contribute to a suicide, but what is most important is that all of our actions must be geared toward prevention. Accordingly, it is important that trans-sectoral and interdisciplinary action be taken by all of the actors involved.

But what is suicidal behaviour? The best-known definition, and, in my view, one of the clearest and most widely circulated, is the one that Durkheim articulated in his famous work Suicide. In effect, in this book, the author defines suicide as a term “applied to all cases of death resulting directly or indirectly from a positive or negative act of the victim himself, which he knows will produce this result.”

The object of making suicide prevention the theme of World Mental Health Day in 2019 is to attract the attention of governments so that the issue might be given priority in public health agendas around the world.

Getting people to talk about a subject that tends to be taboo and about which many hold mistaken and prejudiced ideas will help the community to learn about the risk factors so that they can identify and learn to address them.

I reiterate: suicide is preventable and can therefore be avoided, which is why all of our efforts and public policies should focus on prevention. However, oftentimes, people who suffer from mental illness lack access to mental health services, sometimes because there are no services in their community and sometimes because they must wait months to be seen.

This is just one aspect of the subject. Over the course of the year we will be adding reports and documents that aim to provide tools not only to professionals but also to the community as a whole so that they are prepared to detect and address the issue.

We need everyone’s help, which is why we hope to receive contributions not only from the community but also from organisations made up of mental health users and their families so that we can share our experience of and knowledge about an issue as important and painful as suicide with each other.

We invite you to join the campaign for Mental Health Day 2019 and, to make a big difference all over the world to this very important issue.

The planning of events throughout the year in every corner of the world would be a big help, but especially on October 10, when World Mental Health Day is celebrated. We thank you for using our campaign logo to further our objective of giving more and more people access to this information.

Send us your documents, photos, and videos for sharing on social media and on our web site.

Best wishes, and let’s get to work!

Dr. Alberto Trimboli
President WFMH

This a drop in session for anybody who would like to go on line with their devices or using one of our computers.

Free friendly support at your pace.

If you have a device bring it along to Stobhill Link on Monday the 14th
of October between 1 and 3 pm. Refreshments provided.
This session is being run in partnership with Northumberland
County Council, Digital Inclusion Project and National Get on
Line Week.

If you could let us know that you would like to come it would be helpful.

For more information please contact us:

Stobhill Link
37, Shields Road
Morpeth
NE61 2SA
Telephone 01670 519575

 

The Stobhill Community Garden will be officially opened on Monday 30th of September at 1 pm by Councillor John Beynon. We would like to people to to come along and help us celebrate this important event. We hope that the garden will be a great asset to the local community. Here are some pictures of the garden which we hope you will enjoy.

 

Garden 1
Garden 2
Garden 3
Garden 5
Garden 4
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We are grateful to Northumberland County Council and Jewson for there help in getting this garden completed. We are very appreciative of the hard work put in by our volunteers, without whom we could not have built the garden.  The materials used to build the garden have been recycled. The 4 large planters have been made from the old garage doors. Click here

 

A Representative of Home Instead will be coming to Stobhill Link to talk to anyone who is interested in care work on 21/10/2019. They are looking for kind, considerate and caring individuals to provide support to our clients.They are offering work, part time.

Please contact Nicola on 01670 338542 if you can’t make it on the 21/10/2019.

Please note they are looking for people who are able to drive.

This activity has been cancelled due to Lack of Bookings

This two hour workshop is a chance for children aged 9 – 12 to come along and see how Makey Makey works.
The session will be fun and interactive, with everyone having the chance to use the kit. Booking is essential.
Venue: Stobhill Links, 37 Shields Road, Morpeth, NE61 2SA Tuesday 27th August, 10am-12pm
Further information can be found at www.inorthumberland.org.uk/events
To book places, please search online for ‘Nathan Fuller Eventbrite’ Please note: There is a small booking fee to secure spaces on the workshop.

If you have any questions ahead of the event please contact: Nathan.Fuller@northumberland.gov.uk
See Below

 

Stobhill Link is organising a 4 week Eat Healthily on a Budget Course run by Integrated Wellbeing Service, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Venue: Stobhill Link, 37, Shields Road, Morpeth, NE61 2SA

Dates: Friday 6th September 2019 to Friday 27th September 2019

Time: 13.00 – 15.00

Please ring Stobhill Link on 01670 519575 to book.

Places are limited so contact us soon!

 

Come along for some helpful tips and advice which could help with the family finances and health.

We now have a beautifully painted fence thanks to a group of young people from the National Citizens Service (NCS) and local Stobhill residents. Here are some photographs taken during the day.

 

Fencing Painting Day

YP group 10
YP group 11
YP group 13
YP group 08
YP group 09
YP group 12
YP group 05
YP group 06
YP group 07
YP group 04
YP group 03
YP group 02 - Copy
Linsay Painting - Copy
Shed painting - Copy
Mary Karbon - Copy
YP group 01 - Copy
Lindsay C - Copy
John B painting fence - Copy
Eddie painting shed
Elizabeth - Copy
Edna - Copy
Father & son - Copy
Brooke
Fence complete - Copy
Group - Copy
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