SOUTHAMPTON Mental Health Network is hosting an event to raise awareness and promote mental health.

The event on October 16 runs from 1pm until 5pm, at the Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel on High Street.

Ling Salter, who runs Compassionate Cuppa CIC and is a member of the Network, said: "Mental health is everyone's business, and we're hoping people of all walks of life, ages, ethnic backgrounds and genders come along to celebrate positive mental wellbeing.

"The event is about highlighting the need to take charge of our emotional and physical health. We're working towards making Southampton a 'Mental Health Friendly City', and this event is part of the process."

The event will consist of different stalls, refreshments and emotional support from the organisation.

The keynote speaker is Sarah Haskett of Creative Mental. The event will feature stalls from various charities and organisations, including Parent Support Link, Options Wellbeing Trust, SoLinked, and Touch Network.

Abi Mason, Southampton Mental Health Network's Administrator, said: "We don't know at what point in our lives, young or old, when we may need help. Our event is designed to encourage and value everyone's mental health.

"One of the issues we wish to raise awareness of through our event is the use of the term' mental health' to describe mental ill health, as there is a clear distinction between someone who has issues with mental ill-health and someone who wishes to maintain and foster good mental health."

Southampton Mental Health Network was established in 2019 and already has over 150 members representing over 80 different organisations.

The organisation hopes to boost resilience and create a movement based to improve attitudes, understanding, and education regarding mental health in the city.

To find out more about the event or join Southampton Mental Health Network and for further information, please visit or call 023 8250 0050.