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Sheffield Mental Health Week 2013 is here!

October 7, 2013


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.

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