We’re changing minds about mental health

At Market Place, we believe that mental health matters and are proud to be hosting an event that shines a light on mental health issues within the Bolton community.

Join us from Monday 30th July until Saturday 4th August on the ground floor, next to H&M for our ‘Changing Minds’ event, which will see a number of well-known local charities and support organisations come to the centre to offer help and advice on mindfulness and wellbeing.

Organisations getting involved include Breakdown Bolton, who will be holding an art expo, Bolton Library and Museum who will be hosting a Happiness Bar and Ingeous who will be discussing issues relating to mental health in the workplace. BAND will be helping participants create positive affirmations with some pebble painting, while Bolton Primary Care and Psychological Therapy Service will offer therapy and counselling to those in need.

The University of Bolton will be running a stall to provide information about the University and the mental health services that it offers, as well as holding a workshop on Friday 3rd August. The workshop is titled ‘Creative Writing: An introduction to creative writing as a therapeutic intervention to improve mental wellbeing’ and will run for approximately two hours. There will also be a range of free therapeutic / wellbeing materials available on the day.

Further activities and services will be provided by 1point Bolton, Headspace, Bolton Carers Support, Bolton Dementia Support Self Help Services and Healthwatch Bolton, while Bolton FM will be joining in with filming and support.

Long regarded as a taboo subject, mental health awareness is a growing concern, with one in four people in the UK affected by a mental health condition each year.

Touched by some of the issues that staff and tenants have encountered in the course of their working lives, centre bosses were spurred into action to create an event to nurture and support those in need – both within the centre and the wider community. The ‘Changing Minds’ event is the brainchild of Richard Kemp of Westgrove Group, Market Place’s Facilities Management partner.

All this activity together creates a hub of mental health support for the whole community, right in the heart of Bolton, helping to erase the stigma and alter mindsets.

1point Bolton timetable