Huge thanks to those that participated in World Mental Health Day!
- Reading Football Club hosted a mental health lesson led by Spectrum for over 400 young people from across Berkshire with almost 50 volunteers.
- Lots of people in Wokingham were greeted by the Brighter Berkshire Wokingham Whistle Stop Tour team, talking about mental health.
- Shops in Newbury, Reading & Maidenhead shared our stickers and postcards helping to have conversations out in the open about mental health. Just under 60 shops took part.
- Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust teamed up with Asda and had a stand all day talking to customers about mental health.
- The Healthwatch West Berkshire Team were out in force in Newbury.
- Over two days the residents of Whitley heard from a range of people on issues linked to mental health during Whitley’s Community Conversation on Mental Health.
Alison Foster wins the Microsoft sponsored award for Digital Ninja at Pride of Reading.
It has been a busy year for the BCF and Brighter Berkshire team who are working across Berkshire to reduce stigma about mental health and are well on the way to raising £200,000 to fund local projects and voluntary organisations supporting those with mental health issues.
“This is huge recognition that people value the work we are all doing to help Berkshire be a compassionate community. A massive thank you for making a difference to so many people and I hope this inspires us all to carry on and helping in Berkshire! ” Alison Foster
Thames Valley Business Awards Finalists
The Mental Health in the Workplace Award is a first of its kind and had some great applications we can all learn from. The finalists are Fourfront Group, Optalis, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Seymour Taylor, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Wilsons Life. There is still time to book a place at the dinner on the 16th where the winners will be announced.
Wellington College students focus on Mental Health
We were delighted to speak to over 500 students at Wellington College who have decided they want to make it a year of mental health too! They will be working closely with us on volunteering, understanding more about the issues and fundraising.