Mental Health Awareness week took place between May 13th – 19th. Throughout the course of the week a number Mental Health Matters services held sessions to in support of the Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness for Mental Health.
These sessions, open to staff Service Users and the general public, were held throughout our housing, community and employment services. Topics ranged from gym information sessions in Newcastle to bake sales in Berwick selling freshly baked goods prepared by our Service Users.
You can see just a selection of photos from the week in the gallery above.
14 /05/13 – The Benefits of Gardening
Church Banks Allotments, Wallsend High Street East, Wallsend (Top of Rose Hill Bank Wallsend side)
At Church Bank Wallsend we combined art and allotment gardening. We opened up the allotment for people to come along and experience the therapeutic benefits of gardening and being in the open air as well as an expression through art class in the allotment. Here we created some murals where people could create their own art work or use the stencils that Darin Lambton had made of fruit and vegetables. Each stencil had a bit of information about the health benefits of eating each of the fruit and veg. The group decided to write MHM on the Mural using fruit to spell out the letters.
15/05/13 – Healthy Walk
The Garden Street Centre, Back Garden Street, Wakefield
Open House held an Open Day on Wednesday 15th May to promote the service, celebrate Mental Health Week and share strategies to support positive mental health.
The Open Day was attended by over 40 people, with a high proportion being potential new members, referral agents and groups that we hope to be working closely with in the future.
These included: WMDC Community Development workers, Fieldhead Befriending, Carers Together, Rethink, Soup4em and representatives from the Community Mental Health Teams.
On the day we held a range of craft activites, offered meditation sessions and chair based excersice classes.
At our Oasis Cafe service we held a Healthy Walk and Treasure Hunt. There were also optional free weight/BMI checks, tea, coffee and healthy snacks. This activity was open to all and the Treasure Hunt prizes were lovely big fruit baskets.
16/05/13 – Fitness and Gym information session
Denbiegh Avenue Community Centre, Howdon, Wallsend, Tynes and Wear
At the Denbiegh Avenue Community Centre we invited you all to an infromation session on how gym and fitness can improve your mental health. Attendees were able to have a look around the gym and see what other fitness classes were on offer.
17/05/13 – Picnic and Games on Links Green Whitley Bay
Links Green, Sea Front, Whitley Bay.
Our Brighter Futures staff brought the sunshine with them for an afternoon of fun by the sea. They played some group games including Boccia and Croquet. They also had a healthy walk and healthy picnic packs for attendees.
Sunderland Housing Services
Service Users were invited to participate in a Mental Health Awareness quiz and buffet within our Sunderland Housing service.
Our handy service users in Berwick hosted a bake sale to raise awareness Mental Health and funds for the Mental Health Foundation. Their delicious baked goods fetched in £14.
We would once again like to thank everybody who took the time to participate in our activities, and we hope that we have gone some way to do what we do each day, and that is support and raise awareness for mental health.