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Wellbeing festival 2013

July 1, 2013

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The Sheffield Wellbeing Festival is back and better than ever!

This year on Friday 26th July we’ll be filling Fargate with stalls, activities, games and even a film screening. Two months ahead of World Mental Health Day we will bring together organisations and charities from across the city in a celebration of wellbeing and the wonderful range of services those very organisations offer people experiencing mental health problems and their carers. We’ll also be promoting the steps we can all take to enhance and safeguard our own mental health and wellbeing – just as important as getting your 5-a-day.

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point and so the services that support people in those times are vitally important, however all too often these services are unsung so it’s time to sing loud! The festival will see Fargate brimming with stalls from organisations offering information on their services, volunteering opportunities and much, much more. From 11am we’ll also be offering free taster sessions for fun, healthy activities that the whole family can enjoy from Zumba to parachute games, as well as stilt walkers and a free facepainter for the young, and young at heart.

For the first time we’ll also be joined by Sheffield City Council’s Little Library which will be offering children’s activities and workshops throughout the day.

We’re happy to announce that our official opening will be presided over by Paul Blomfield MP and Councillor Mary Lea will be speaking at midday; this will be followed by the return of the Walk a Mile for Wellbeing, which is open to all and will set off at 12:30pm

Councillor Mary Lea, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Independent Living, said: “We are really pleased to be supporting the Wellbeing Festival and it is important that it is focusing on mental health . For many years people often found it difficult to talk about mental health problems even though it is something that affects many people and impacts greatly on overall health and wellbeing. Thankfully, here in Sheffield there is a lot of support for people – this day really will show how people can get help and show they are not alone. There will be so much going on during the day and anyone can get involved – we hope it is a real success and that many people will benefit.”

As if all that isn’t enough, there will also be music, children’s workshops, and much more, so what are you waiting for? Get that date in the diary.

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