A range of support organisations came together in Douglas’s Masonic Hall to publicise the services available to help people with mental health problems.
The event was to mark World Mental Health Day and the Isle of Man display saw contributions from organisations as diverse as Trading Standards, who were offering debt advice, to U3A (University of the Third Age) and the Samaritans.
‘We would have liked a few more members of the public to come along,’ said Andrea Marsden, one of the organisers.
‘But unless people actually have a problem they don’t come and find out about it. It’s a shame because prevention is better than cure.’
Dr Chris Jagus, of the Older Persons’ Mental Health Service, said the aim was to publicise what was available to support people.
Paul Jackson, Older Persons’ Mental Health Service manager, said the great bonus for visitors to the display was finding so much help and advice in one location.
‘It means it is easily available to people with mental health problems and to their carers too,’ he said.
Political member for health Bill Henderson MHK, who opened the event, told visitors: ‘Mental ill health can affect anyone. Around one in four people will experience a mental health problem in their lives.’
The memory choir sang popular songs with piano accompaniment courtesy of Dr Jagus.