Stamford’s first mental health fair to take place on Wednesday

St Mary's Medical Centre GP Dr Daniel Petrie, who has launched Stamford Mental Health Forum EMN-160129-135804001
St Mary's Medical Centre GP Dr Daniel Petrie, who has launched Stamford Mental Health Forum EMN-160129-135804001
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Stamford’s first mental health fair will be held on Wednesday and people who want to learn more are urged to drop in.

The fair will be held at St George’s Church in Stamford, from 2pm to 6pm, preceeding the Stamford Mental Health Forum, which will be held at the same location at 7.30pm.

Dr Dan Petrie, a GP at St Mary’s Medical Centre, has been hosting a series of events across the town, in a bid to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and the fair is the next step in what is proving to be a popular initiative. It will also coincide with mental health awareness week.

Service providers will be displaying what they have to offer and among the displays, will be an artist who has used his art to help him overcome his own mental health issues.

If anyone would like to host a stand, they can get in touch via the website.

Dr Petrie urged everyone to come and have a look at the fair.

The forum, which will follow, will include a presentation from the Drug and Alchohol Recovery Team, known as Dart. The last forum meeting attracted 50 people.

In February, Dr Petrie launched a mental health-drop in cafe at the Fine Food Store, which is now running twice a month on the second and last Thursday, from 7.30pm.

A two-day suicide prevention workshop in August is also fully subscribed, which Dr Petrie is delighted with.

And he has also joined forces with Peterborough and Fenland Mind to support their work in South Lincolnshire and deliver training courses.

Dr Petrie said: “The aim of everything we are doing is to continue breaking through the stigma, increasing awareness and educating around mental health issues.”

Dr Petrie’s ultimate aim is to open a wellbeing hub within the town, preferably with a High Street frontage, so people who need advice on mental health issues have a permanent base in which they can find the help they need.

He believes this needs to be a community project in partnership with another organisation to make it viable and is currently in talks with schools and charities about how they can get involved.

To find out more or to get involved visit www.stamfordmhforum.org or e-mail info@stamfordmhforum.org.