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Sheffield Mental Health Week 2011!

October 6, 2011

Following the success of our Wellbeing Festival of 29th July, we are excited to be approaching Sheffield Mental Health Week, 2011. The Week aims to promote positive mental health for all and to celebrate and promote the excellent services that exist in Sheffield and the people who use them. This includes raising awareness of mental health issues, challenging stigma and discrimination, providing access to information, providing a signpost to services and engaging with a wide variety of community and charity organisations.
We’ll be bringing you a full and varied programme of events, each of which is open to the public and free to attend. Beginning with an exhibition of art created by service users within Sheffield Health and Social Care; ‘Touching the Soul’ will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm on the 8th and 9th of October at the Jessop West exhibition space. A collaborative event, it has been curated by C.A.S.T., is hosted by the University of Sheffield and also sees the launch of a board game developed by the young people’s group at the Right Here project. Arts displayed will range from images, to poetry, music and sculpture.
Our official opening will be marked by our first tree planting ceremony. Beginning at noon on World Mental Health Day (10th October) we will meet in the brand new amphitheatre in South Street Park for planting of a gingko biloba tree. The tree is being kindly donated by Sheffield City Council and is colloquially known as the ‘bearer of hope’, so it could not be more appropriate. We are also pleased to welcome the Deputy Lord Mayor to the ceremony.
Wednesday 12th will see the reprise of one of last year’s most popular events; Pies, Peas and Games afternoon at the St. Wilfrid’s Centre. Head over to 524 Queens Rd at 12:30pm and sign up for the games which take your fancy. Games included are dominoes, triominoes, darts and pool and prizes will be presented by a secret celebrity guest!
We’ll be rounding the week off with good old-fashioned chuckle at our official closing party ‘Cabaret Fantastiques’ on Friday 14th at the Riverside Bar on Mowbray St, from 7:30pm. Fresh from a 5-star reviewed show at the Edinburgh Festival, Peter Antoniou is our headline act for the evening and he will be joined by special guests for an evening of mirth and merriment, mind-reading and music.
As if all that were not enough, we are happy to have teamed up with Fitness Unlimited to bring you free fitness passes during Sheffield Mental Health Week; you’ll be able to try everything from the gym, to aerobics class to the sauna. Simply visit http://www.fitnessunlimited.co.uk/surveys/mental_health_week
Keep up to date with us on twitter @SheffieldMHW, facebook or call Sara Hill on 0114 2216174 for more information.

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