A series of flash mobs hit Lemon Quay in Truro today (Monday, October 10) to mark World Mental Health Day and open up the debate about mental health issues into the public arena.
People from communities throughout Cornwall performed a specially choreographed dance, commissioned by NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly’s Health Promotion Service.
The events, at 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 5pm, aimed to raise awareness of just how common mental health issues are: it is estimated that one in four people will experience a mental health problem during the course of a year.
World Mental Health Day flashmob mental health promotion co-ordinator Karen Oldham said: “Considering these issues are so common, it’s amazing how few of us are prepared to speak out and normalise mental ill-health.
“I really wanted to take mental health issues out in the open so we can offer more support to more people. By holding flash mob events, we can surprise the public and spark conversation.”
The World Mental Health Day flash mobs were organised by professional event management company, Event Cornwall, working with dancer and choreographer Sally Williams.