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Wellbeing Festival 2016

July 5, 2016

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Sheffield Mental Health Week 2015

September 24, 2015

5th October – 11th October

Following the success of our Wellbeing Festival on 29th July, we are excited to be approaching Sheffield Mental Health Week, 2015; aiming to promote positive mental health for all and to celebrate and promote the services in Sheffield that help with recovery and featuring our biggest programme ever!

For our launch this year (5th October) we’ll be in the beautiful Winter Gardens where SAGE Greenfingers and Artling will be giving us a day of feel good fun. Activities on the day will include pressing apples for the freshest juice imaginable, learning how to weave willow and having a go at some arts and crafts.

Other events during the week include a wonderful opportunity for artists from the Sheffield Creative Arts Support Team (CAST); their annual exhibition will be at the brand new Art House from 7th October to the 21st exploring the theme ‘A Sense of Place’.

The 8th October sees us teaming up with Off the Shelf Festival of Words to bring you celebrated local author Gavin Extence ‘In Conversation’ about his latest book ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ about a woman with bipolar disorder at the wonderful Theatre Delicatessen.

Add to this a public lecture at the Hallamshire Hospital on the idea of mindfulness (6th October) as well as a ‘Living Library’ event at Central Library and a Tea and Talk afternoon with Sheffield Mind on the 9th October and it’s a packed week.

For the first time this year we welcome theatre to our programme in the form of a new and challenging piece from the Bare Project, having its public debut. ‘Bardo and Galore’ is an original production informed by first-person accounts of psychosis. Exploring the edges of reality in an office block and a silver mine, expect this to be a hard hitting and thought provoking eye opener.

As if that wasn’t enough, on World Mental Health day itself we’re hosting local Zine Queen Chella Quint for an afternoon of self expression back at Theatre Delicatessen. Explore the questions – what makes you happy and what keeps you well? – whilst getting crafty and creative.

Full events listing:
All events are open to everyone.

Reconnecting – Launch Event
5th October, 11am – 3pm
Winter Gardens, City Centre
Join us for apple pressing, arts and crafts and a day of reconnecting with what makes you feel good. Have a go at willow weaving, painting, write down and explore what keeps yourself and others well. Produced with SAGE Greenfingers and Artling.

Light and Zest.
6th October, 1pm – 4pm
First Point, Hillsborough Barracks Shopping Centre
Information stalls showcasing the work of the Zest Community around healthy eating and activities and Light Sheffield in supporting families affected by perinatal mental illness. Come and find out more about these extraordinary groups. Produced by Zest and Light Sheffield.

All About Mindfulness
6th October, 5pm – 7pm
Lecture Theatre 2, Medical School, Hallamshire Hospital
Engaging and informative, this free public lecture will explore ideas around Mindfulness and mental health in an accessible format. Produced by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

CAST – A Sense of Place Exhibition
7th October – 21st October
The Art House, Backfields, City Centre
An exhibition of service user and service worker created art that explores themes of belonging, meaning and identity. Produced by the Creative Arts Support Team.

Gavin Extence in Conversation
8th October, 8pm – 11pm
Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor
The award winning writer joins us to talk about his new novel ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ about a young woman with bipolar disorder. The event will also feature an open mic section on the theme of mental health. Produced with Off the Shelf Festival of Words.

Tea and Talk with Sheffield Mind
9th October, 12pm – 3:30pm
Houlden Hall, City Centre
Drop in on Sheffield Mind for a cup of tea and an informal chat about wellbeing and mental health as well as the chance to learn more about art and drama therapy through demos and activity sessions. Produced by Sheffield Mind.

Living Library
9th October, 2pm – 4pm
Central Library, Surrey St
Come and talk to a volunteer with experience of mental health issues over a free cuppa and a piece of cake. Designed to dispel myths in an accessible and informal fashion, this event is an eye opener. Produced with Central Library.

Bardo & Galore
October 9th, 7pm
Sheffield Theatres Rehearsal Room, Crucible Theatre
The first public showing of The Bare Project’s latest production. A play informed by first-person accounts of psychosis. Exploring the edges of reality in an office block and a silver mine. Free, but booking essential. Email: bareprojecttheatre@gmail.com

Express Yourself!
10th October, 1pm – 4pm
Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor
Zine-maker extraordinaire Chella Quint will be facilitating this special workshop for anyone to come and learn how to make their own zine examining the questions – what makes you feel happy and what keeps you well? Explore how to look after your mental wellbeing whilst getting crafty and creative! Book online at Eventbrite – desirable but not necessary. Produced with Chella Quint

Art, Art Therapy and the Body
11th October, 3pm – 5pm
Showroom Cinema, £6 / £5 (Cons)
Two groundbreaking new books – Art Therapy with Neurological Conditions and Art Therapy with Physical Conditions – exploring connections between mind and body will be presented by three local art therapists with time for audience discussion and participation. Produced by Off the Shelf Festival of Words. Tickets available at www.offtheshelf.org.uk

Wellbeing Festival 2015!

July 2, 2015

Wellbeing festival 2015 poster

SMHW 2014 is almost here!

September 29, 2014

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Following the success of our Wellbeing Festival on 18th July, we are excited to be approaching Sheffield Mental Health Week, 2014; aiming to promote positive mental health for all and to celebrate and promote the services in Sheffield that help with recovery.

On World Mental Health Day itself (Friday 10th) we’ll be in the beautiful Winter Gardens where SAGE Greenfingers and Artling will be giving us a day of feel good fun. Activities on the day will include pressing apples for the freshest juice imaginable, creating your own card to send to a loved one and having a go at painting some of the Winter Gardens beauty. SAGE and Artling are experts in horticultural and art therapy respectively and their work transforms lives; so come along and see for yourself. The event is free to attend and open to all – bring some apples if you’ve got extra this year!

Other events during the week include a wonderful opportunity for artists from the Sheffield Creative Arts Support Team (CAST); their annual exhibition which will be at St Marys Community Centre between 9th and 12th October. The exhibition will include a huge variety of works in different mediums addressing issues of mental health awareness, stigma reduction and starting conversations about mental health.

The Time to Change team will be joining us on 6th October at the Winter Gardens starting conversations about mental health in the same week that we are proud to see Sheffield Hallam University signing the Time to Change pledge. To celebrate this they are hosting a film screening of ‘Silver Linings’ on the 9th October; a powerful film about a man suffering with bi-polar disorder.

Add to this a public lecture at the Hallamshire hospital on depression and anxiety (6th October) as well as a ‘Living Library’ event at Central Library on 9th October and it’s a packed week. The library will be hosting volunteers with experience of mental health issues to talk with members of the public about their experiences over a free cuppa and a bit of cake.

Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive, Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, said “Sheffield Mental Health Week always offers a wonderful variety of events and this year is no different. I am very proud that the people of Sheffield come together each year to promote mental health and am particularly looking forward to seeing the latest work from CAST.

Wellbeing Festival 2014

June 11, 2014

Wellbeing Festival

 

We’re looking forward to being back on Fargate this year! Friday 18th July – get the date in the diary and we’ll see you there!

Sheffield Mental Health Week 2013.

October 7, 2013

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Sheffield Mental Health Week 2013 is here!

October 7, 2013

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7th October – 13th October

 

Following the success of our Wellbeing Festival on 26th July, we are excited to be approaching Sheffield Mental Health Week, 2013. The Week aims to promote positive mental health for all and to celebrate and promote the services in Sheffield that help with recovery.

On World Mental Health Day itself (Thursday 10th) we’ll be in the beautiful Winter Gardens where SAGE Greenfingers will be ‘Lifting Mood Naturally’. The event will be a veritable treasure trove of activities; members of the public can press apples for the freshest juice imaginable, learn to weave willow and plant a bulb to take home. Our flagship event for the week will be packed with information to take home, we’ll be asking the public to reflect on their own wellbeing and to top it all off, we are pleased to be welcoming the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP at 2pm. SAGE are experts in horticultural therapy and their work transforms lives; so come along and see for yourself. The event is free to attend and open to all – please bring some apples if you’ve got a surplus in the garden this year!

Other events during the week include two fantastic opportunities for artists from the Sheffield Creative Arts Support Team (CAST); an open mic gathering at the Harland Cafe and their annual exhibition which will be at St Marys Community Centre between 17th and 20th October. The exhibition will include a huge variety of works in different mediums addressing issues of mental health awareness, stigma reduction and starting conversations about mental health.

On the 8th October we have two events running in tandem; the Sheffield Older People’s Day at Cutler’s Hall and we’ll be turning the Winter Gardens into a cozy living room for our Time to Talk event where the public can come to talk about wellbeing and mental health over a free cuppa.

Fancy something a bit different? The 9th October sees SMaRT Coffee Venue on London Rd open its doors for a drop-in barista workshop. First Steps Trust, through SMaRT Coffee, offer training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of the community and this is your chance to have a glimpse behind that coffee machine.

It’s a packed week and we hope to see you there!

 

Full events listing:

All events are free and open to all.

 

– C.A.S.T. Artist Gathering

3rd October, 5:30 – 8pm at the Harland Cafe, John St, S2 4QU

Open mic slots for pets and musicians leading up to the exhibition. Visual art pieces from service users will be exhibited at the cafe from 10th October.

 

– Sheffield Older People’s Day

8th October, 10am – 3pm at Cutler’s Hall, Church St, S1 1HG

Chairobics, a choir, dance demonstrations and much more.

 

– Time to Talk

8th October, 11am – 3pm at the Winter Gardens, S1 2LH

Take time out to sit and chat about mental health and wellbeing.

 

– Barista Workshop

9th October, 11am – 3pm, SMaRT Venue, London Rd, S2 4LR

Experience how the SMaRT Venue training works and have a go yourself, there will be a competition for a healthy lunch for 2 as well as a taster buffet throughout the day.

 

– Lifting Mood Naturally

10th October, 11am – 3pm at the Winter Gardens, S1 2LH

Connecting with nature is vital for wellbeing. Join SAGE Greenfingers on World Mental Health Day for bulb planting, willow weaving, apple pressing and a special appearance from Rt Hon David Blunkett MP.

 

– C.A.S.T. Strength and Softness Exhibition

17th-20th October – Opening event 17th 7-9pm, Exhibition 10am-4pm on 18th and 19th, 10am-1pm on 20th, at St Marys Church, Bramall Lane, S2 4QZ

An exhibition of service user created works designed to inspire and start conversations around mental health and wellbeing.