Friday 10 October, is World Mental Health Day and its aim is to raise awareness of mental health concerns around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health.  The theme for 2014 is ‘living with schizophrenia’ – a disease that is often misunderstood by many in society.  In the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley area, there are more than 1,800 people registered as having severe mental illness – including schizophrenia – with incidence of the illness strongly linked to deprivation.  Further information on this subject can be found at

There is also an event being held on Friday at The Meeting Place in the Orchards Shopping Centre where you can talk and learn more about mental health issues.  This event will be  attended by Kent and Medway Community Mental Health Team; Rethink Sahayak; Invicta Advocacy; and DGS Mind



About the author

Andy Clark is retired after a long career at Lloyds Register and subsequently the Civil Service. He has lived in Dartford for his entire life.

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