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Looks Back and Forward – the Wellbeing Festival and Sheffield Mental Health Week

September 12, 2011

On 29th July Fargate was populated by stalls, stiltwalkers, zumba, music and merriment for Sheffield’s Wellbeing Festival and festive it certainly was.
Forty different organisations from across the city took part in the day to promote their services, engage with the public and bring awareness of mental health issues to the fore. The event is a collaboration between NHS Sheffield, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Mind and provides a platform for these and smaller organisations and charities to showcase their work.

This years event was as resounding success with organisations reporting over 100 direct interactions with the public. With face painting for the kids, poetry from Matt Black and music from Mark Nichols as well as interactive taster sessions throughout the day; there was something for everyone.
It doesn’t end there. In October officially beginning on World Mental Health Day, 10th October, we will present a programme of awareness raising events which will continue to deliver the positive steps message. These are simple steps that each and every one of us can take to help maintain our mental health and wellbeing which are just as important as eating your 5-a-day.

Events during Sheffield Mental Health Week will range from a comedy night, to a tree planting through a games afternoon, an art exhibition and much more. For up to date details keep an eye on this site, ‘like’ our page on facebook and follow us on twitter @Sheffield MHW

Positive steps for feeling good:
> Do things you enjoy: Make time for yourself and do something you enjoy. Perhaps something creative like music or drawing?
> Take regular exercise: Regular exercise really helps to reduce feelings of depression and anxiety and can give you more energy.
> Make time to relax: Try to make time for yourself and do something that helps you unwind like reading, music, meditation or prayer.
> Spend time talking: Keep in touch with friends. It is important to spend time with other people.
> Learn new skills: It can be fun, will help you to meet new people, and can boost your confidence.
> Be yourself: No one is perfect! We all make mistakes so don’t be too hard on yourself. Accept who you are.

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