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Sheffield Wellbeing Festival, 29th July, Fargate.

June 15, 2011

Roll up, roll up one and all and come to the fair on Fargate on July 29th and what sights you shall see!

Sheffield Mental Health Week is pleased to announce our Wellbeing Festival will this year be held on Fargate. From 10am you will be treated to a variety of stalls, activities and even stilt walkers all coming together in celebration of wellbeing and the plethora of wonderful services the city has to offer those suffering with mental health issues and their carers.

Too often these services are unsung so it’s time instead to celebrate! We’ll be filling Fargate with stalls from organisations offering information on their services, volunteering opportunities and much, much more.

Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive of SHSC, said: “This year‟s event promises to be even bigger than last year, proving to be a real celebration of services and a great opportunity to promote mental health, break down stigma and demonstrate a wide range of things you can do to help your mental wellbeing. We are looking forward to it immensely.”

Janet Southworth, Public health lead for mental health, NHS Sheffield, said: “Sheffield Wellbeing Festival is a chance for everyone to discover how they can take positive steps to improve their health and wellbeing. Looking after our mental health is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and the event is a great way for people to find out more and take some positive steps to feeling good.”

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a new partner for this year and we are happy to welcome them onboard. Dr Johann Labuschagne, Head of Psychological Services, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals said: “We are delighted to be contributing to this event. We welcome the opportunity to highlight the many psychological and mental health issues that influence our health and well-being, and encourage a better understanding of what we can all do to help ourselves manage illness and injury. It is remarkable how resilient we can be in the face of physical and mental health challenges.”

The focus of the day will be on emphasising the steps we can each take to promote and look after our own mental wellbeing as well as celebrating the services available in the city. So with that in mind we will also be offering a variety of taster sessions throughout the day to help you find and maintain that wellbeing for yourself. Sessions will range from Zumba to boxercise and parachute games. There will also be music and much more, so what are you waiting for? Get that date in the diary.

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