Hightown Housing Association marked World Mental Health Day on Monday (10th October) with a special event at its Mably House scheme for homeless people in Hatfield.

A group of residents discussed different types of mental health issues, the variety of reasons their mental health can be affected and where they can receive support.

They also learnt more about improving their mental health, the five ways to wellbeing and the ‘Take 10 Together’ campaign where you take 10 minutes of your day to speak to someone about their mental health.

Residents taking part included 22-year-old Amy O’Connor, who has been living at Mably House for just over 18 months after moving from a women’s refuge. She said: “I found the event really helpful as I personally have had some mental health problems.

“It was good to talk, and I learnt about lots of different types of mental health issues, the triggers which can cause these and the support available. We also spoke about self-harm and the causes for this.”

Mably House provides 35 self-contained flats as temporary accommodation to people who are homeless and with support needs from the Welwyn and Hatfield area. Hightown helps its residents to live as independently as possible, including running a number of support groups for them.

Amy, who is originally from Welwyn Garden City, added: “I attend most of the groups that are run. I find the mental health groups helpful, but I also enjoy the DIY and budgeting classes as I learn new skills to be more independent.

“I have really good relationships with all of the staff at Mably House. They are always there when I need them, they’re supportive and I trust them.”