RBKC Mayor hosts event tackling depression and mental health


Residents who’d like to hear how the written word can help in the battle to beat the black dog of depression are invited to support a special mayoral fundraiser at Kensington Town Hall on Thursday 9 October.

Along with a chance to find out more about depression and other mental health conditions, guests can hear readings from celebrities whilst being treated to champagne and canapés.

The event starts at 6.30pm and tickets are £45.

All proceeds will go to SANE, the Royal Borough’s Mayoral charity of the year, which works to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness.

The Mayor, Councillor Maighread Condon-Simmonds, said: ‘I am very much looking forward to hearing some of our celebrity guests read extracts from their favourite works.  SANE recognises that consoling poems and healing words are key weapons in the battle to beat depression and other mental ill-health, and their campaign shows how words can provide solace at a time of need.’

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, said: ‘We hope our #healingwords campaign will help people see their sadness in context. From the experience and writings of others who have fought depression, we know that words can provide comfort and strength at times of crisis.’

Tickets can be purchased from the Mayor’s Office by calling 020 7361 3659 or by emailing mayor@rbkc.gov.uk

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