Heart Tay Heart held their first EVER Mental Health Awareness Week in Dundee from 21st April - 28th April 2017.
Have a look back at our 2017 week here, or head over to our Facebook page to keep up to date on the planning of Heart Tay Heart 2018!
A few of us have collaborated before on other charity events, but it was only in the Summer of 2016 that we all got together for the first time and discussed the real possibility of setting up a mental health week for Dundee itself in 2017. It was scary at first, and seemed impossible, but the more we talked, the more we realised we had the skills to get this off the ground.
So please take a look at our fantastic 2017 team below!
The fantastic businesses below all got involved and committed to our 2017 mental health awareness week in Dundee;
The businesses that got involved in 2017, whether through sponsoring us or simply attending an event, made pledges towards raising the awareness of mental health and starting the conversation. Check out their pledges below;
"We will be considerate and understanding of the mental health of those around us.
We will promote mental health awareness where possible, to spread awareness and end the taboo. With this in mind, we will be hosting and maintaining the Heart Tay Heart website and domain as a community initiative for the next year.
As individuals, we will be more forgiving of ourselves and look after our own mental health as we would a physical injury. In this way, we will then be equipped to support others struggling with mental health."
There are a number of great charities throughout Dundee all focusing on different aspects of mental health. One thing we aimed to do with Heart Tay Heart in 2017 was highlight all the fantastic work going on in Dundee - its tough to find out everything that's going on.
We met with each of the charities below and they got on board with the first Heart Tay Heart event in 2017, for which we couldn't be more grateful!
The central event of Heart Tay Heart 2017 was our mask exhibition in Slessor Gardens. A number of local charities and schools got involved in creating their own masks to illustrate what mental health means to them, and through the help of our sponsers, the masks were then displayed in Dundee's beautiful new Slessor Gardens. It really highlighted that mental health can mean a wide range of things to many people. Click below to read more about this.Read More
There were a number of events going on around Dundee during the week of Heart Tay Heart in 2017, with a real focus on reducing the stigma around talking about mental health. Check out the events programme below to see the main events that were going on. On top of this, there were a number of other smaller events going on around the city, which we are super proud to have been a part of!
The organiser of Dundee’s first mental health awareness week hopes the cultural event can help the City of Discovery take a step forward.View Article
Dundee’s maiden mental health festival could become an annual event, according to the event’s organiser.View Article
Dundee extreme marathon runner Louise Johnstone has told of her disappointment after her dreams of competing in an epic marathon challenge were crushed.View Article
Dundee will host a wide-ranging week of activities and workshops designed to combat mental health stigma.View Article
Marathon woman Louise Johnstone has raised almost £4000 for local mental health charities.View Article
A Dundee personal trainer who donned trainers and sand-proof goggles to run in a 156-mile race through the Sahara desert has said she is determined to use her experience to help improve Dundee’s mental health.View Article
Dundee marathon runner Louise Johnstone is preparing to put her body through a dramatic eighty degree temperature swing as part of a mental health quest.View Article
A city centre councillor has spoken publicly of her struggle with mental illness for the first time.View Article
It was an honour to speak at the opening event of the first Dundee Mental Health Awareness Week - Heart Tay Heart.
All organisers have done a superb job in bringing this important subject home and opening up the conversation here in Dundee.View Article