Four local groups that deal with mental health collaborated last month to help raise funds and spread awareness of the affliction that affects numerous Gibraltarians.

Clubhouse Gibraltar, the GHA Health Promotion Unit, the Psychological Support Group and the Care Agency all joined hands to celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10 October. This year’s theme was ‘Psychological First Aid’ and a stall was erected outside the ICC to provide information on the concept.

“There were free leaflets, anti-stress colouring pages, activities to improve mental health and the opportunity to discuss good mental health for all,” a Clubhouse spokesman said. “Further support and information were also provided at the ‘Chill and Chat’ afternoon which run for several hours serving free cakes that accompanied tea and coffee purchases. We also had a raffle.”

Clubhouse launched its ‘Standing Order Appeal’, encouraging members of the community to support their six day recovery programme for people who have a history of mental health problems.

“They say that from as little as £5 a month you would be able to help somebody recover fully to live a personally satisfying life. Mental illness affects one in four persons so this means 25% of our population,” the spokesman said. “There are also devastating effects on families and friends when things go wrong. Clubhouse provides a support structure that can reduce a lot of pain and heartache for all concerned.”

Health Promotion Officer Daya Dewfall ran the ‘Solent Half Marathon’ on 9 October where more than £500 was raised in aid of Clubhouse Gibraltar; anyone wishing to make further donations can do so directly to Clubhouse Gibraltar.

For any general information about the event or Mental Health Support Services please contact Clubhouse Gibraltar on info@clubhousegibraltar.com, call 200 68423, or visit www.clubhousegibraltar.com