Get Moving and Dance!
Posted Monday 5 October 2009
Regent's Park, London
Saturday 10 October 2009, 1pm to 4pm
Londoners will be strutting their stuff on open-air dance floors at a free festival in Regents Park on Saturday 10 October (World Mental Health Day) as part of the Time to Change campaign to end mental health stigma. Get Moving and Dance sees Children's TV presenter favourite Dave Benson-Phillips, World Champion athlete Philips Idowu and classical boy band Blake take to the stage to bust some moves.
Blake's new record is a mix of classical standards, and new arrangements of popular songs from the past forty years. A one pound donation will be made to Mind for every copy sold on Amazon.
Don't panic if you've got two left feet as professional choreographers will be on hand on Saturday at the four different stages to teach festival goers different dance styles from Bollywood to Ceroc to the iconic Michael Jackson moves. To find out more on the Time to Change website.
The BBC will be helping festival goers to de-stress at their Headroom tent, and at the interactive Time to Change roadshow everyone can join a visual petition against mental health discrimination.
One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives and encounter prejudice and discrimination as a result. By bringing together people with differing experiences of mental health to get active and boost their mental wellbeing, Get Moving and Dance will help tackle mental health discrimination.
The event is part of Get Moving week (3-11 October), that will see 30,000 people get active at events all around the country, from dancing to running to gardening. Exercise boosts mental wellbeing and can be as effective as antidepressants in tackling mental health problems.
Get Moving is part of Time to Change, the ground-breaking anti-stigma campaign supported by Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax, Patsy Palmer and Ulrika Jonsson. Time to Change is funded by 16 million from the Big Lottery Fund and £4m from Comic Relief, and run by leading mental health charities Mind and Rethink.
Contact (media enquiries):Katie Prior on 020 8215 2227 or email email@example.com
Admission: Free (everybody welcome)
Nearest underground station:
Baker Street - Hammersmith & City, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan & Bakerloo lines