Mental Health Awareness Week 2013

For one week each May, The Mental Health Foundation campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week.

The theme for this year’s campaign, which runs from 13th-19th May, will be physical activity and exercise, highlighting the impact they have on mental health and wellbeing.

Physical activity is often described as something we ‘ought to do’ to avoid developing health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. What’s less often explained is the huge potential it has to enhance our happiness and quality of life and reduce mental illness. This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week aims to shift our motivation for physical activity to something we choose to do to increase our wellbeing.

Mental Health Matters will be supporting Mental Health Awareness through a range of activities within our services. We will be updating this page with information of how our services will be supporting the event.

Open House

The Garden Street Centre, Back Garden Street, Wakefield

Open House will be holding an Open Day on Wednesday 15th May (2pm – 6pm) to promote the service, celebrate Mental Health Week and share strategies to support positive mental health.

There will be a range of activities for people to get involved in, plus free homemade cakes and refreshments

Please click here for more information about our Open House service.

Newcastle and North Tyneside Employment Services

13/05/13 – 10 ways to look after your mental health – From 11.30 am

Quadrant, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside Council

Brighter Futures staff will be holding an advice and infromation event on 10 ways to look after your mental health, as well as a smoothie workshop with advice on “mood food”. This Session for North Tyneside Council staff and Site Visitors only.

14 /05/13 – The Benefits of Gardening – 10am until 3.30pm

Church Banks Allotments, Wallsend High Street East, Wallsend (Top of Rose Hill Bank Wallsend side)

Experience the benefits of Gardening, enjoy being in the open air or get creative with arts and crafts with local artist Darin Lambton. This activity is open to all parties. The nearest Metro station is Hadrian Road, or bus stop near ATS car services.

15/05/13 – Healthy Walk – From 1pm – Walks will leave at 1.30pm

Oasis Cafe, Unit 20 Cruddas Park, Westmorland Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 7RW

A Healthy Walk and optional free weight and BMI checks. Tea, coffee and healthy snacks. This activity is open to all. The Number 1 bus from Central Station stops outside of shopping centre. Walks will be graded to suit all abilities.

16/05/13 – Fitness and Gym information session – From 1pm

Denbiegh Avenue Community Centre, Howdon, Wallsend, Tynes and Wear

Meet our staff and get infromation on how gym and fitness can improve your mental health. Have a look around a gym and see what other fitness classes are on offer. This session is open to all. The nearest metro sation is Howdon.

17/05/13 – Picnic and Games on Links Green Whitley Bay – From 1pm

Links Green, Sea Front, Whitley Bay.

Join our Brighter Futures staff for an afternoon of fun by the sea. We will be playing some group games for any ability, including Boccia, Croquet, we will have a healthy walk and there will be healthy picnic packs available. This session is open to all. The nearest metro sation is Whitley Bay.