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Sheffield Mental Health Week 2015

September 24, 2015

5th October – 11th October

Following the success of our Wellbeing Festival on 29th July, we are excited to be approaching Sheffield Mental Health Week, 2015; aiming to promote positive mental health for all and to celebrate and promote the services in Sheffield that help with recovery and featuring our biggest programme ever!

For our launch this year (5th October) we’ll be in the beautiful Winter Gardens where SAGE Greenfingers and Artling will be giving us a day of feel good fun. Activities on the day will include pressing apples for the freshest juice imaginable, learning how to weave willow and having a go at some arts and crafts.

Other events during the week include a wonderful opportunity for artists from the Sheffield Creative Arts Support Team (CAST); their annual exhibition will be at the brand new Art House from 7th October to the 21st exploring the theme ‘A Sense of Place’.

The 8th October sees us teaming up with Off the Shelf Festival of Words to bring you celebrated local author Gavin Extence ‘In Conversation’ about his latest book ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ about a woman with bipolar disorder at the wonderful Theatre Delicatessen.

Add to this a public lecture at the Hallamshire Hospital on the idea of mindfulness (6th October) as well as a ‘Living Library’ event at Central Library and a Tea and Talk afternoon with Sheffield Mind on the 9th October and it’s a packed week.

For the first time this year we welcome theatre to our programme in the form of a new and challenging piece from the Bare Project, having its public debut. ‘Bardo and Galore’ is an original production informed by first-person accounts of psychosis. Exploring the edges of reality in an office block and a silver mine, expect this to be a hard hitting and thought provoking eye opener.

As if that wasn’t enough, on World Mental Health day itself we’re hosting local Zine Queen Chella Quint for an afternoon of self expression back at Theatre Delicatessen. Explore the questions – what makes you happy and what keeps you well? – whilst getting crafty and creative.

Full events listing:
All events are open to everyone.

Reconnecting – Launch Event
5th October, 11am – 3pm
Winter Gardens, City Centre
Join us for apple pressing, arts and crafts and a day of reconnecting with what makes you feel good. Have a go at willow weaving, painting, write down and explore what keeps yourself and others well. Produced with SAGE Greenfingers and Artling.

Light and Zest.
6th October, 1pm – 4pm
First Point, Hillsborough Barracks Shopping Centre
Information stalls showcasing the work of the Zest Community around healthy eating and activities and Light Sheffield in supporting families affected by perinatal mental illness. Come and find out more about these extraordinary groups. Produced by Zest and Light Sheffield.

All About Mindfulness
6th October, 5pm – 7pm
Lecture Theatre 2, Medical School, Hallamshire Hospital
Engaging and informative, this free public lecture will explore ideas around Mindfulness and mental health in an accessible format. Produced by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

CAST – A Sense of Place Exhibition
7th October – 21st October
The Art House, Backfields, City Centre
An exhibition of service user and service worker created art that explores themes of belonging, meaning and identity. Produced by the Creative Arts Support Team.

Gavin Extence in Conversation
8th October, 8pm – 11pm
Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor
The award winning writer joins us to talk about his new novel ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ about a young woman with bipolar disorder. The event will also feature an open mic section on the theme of mental health. Produced with Off the Shelf Festival of Words.

Tea and Talk with Sheffield Mind
9th October, 12pm – 3:30pm
Houlden Hall, City Centre
Drop in on Sheffield Mind for a cup of tea and an informal chat about wellbeing and mental health as well as the chance to learn more about art and drama therapy through demos and activity sessions. Produced by Sheffield Mind.

Living Library
9th October, 2pm – 4pm
Central Library, Surrey St
Come and talk to a volunteer with experience of mental health issues over a free cuppa and a piece of cake. Designed to dispel myths in an accessible and informal fashion, this event is an eye opener. Produced with Central Library.

Bardo & Galore
October 9th, 7pm
Sheffield Theatres Rehearsal Room, Crucible Theatre
The first public showing of The Bare Project’s latest production. A play informed by first-person accounts of psychosis. Exploring the edges of reality in an office block and a silver mine. Free, but booking essential. Email:

Express Yourself!
10th October, 1pm – 4pm
Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor
Zine-maker extraordinaire Chella Quint will be facilitating this special workshop for anyone to come and learn how to make their own zine examining the questions – what makes you feel happy and what keeps you well? Explore how to look after your mental wellbeing whilst getting crafty and creative! Book online at Eventbrite – desirable but not necessary. Produced with Chella Quint

Art, Art Therapy and the Body
11th October, 3pm – 5pm
Showroom Cinema, £6 / £5 (Cons)
Two groundbreaking new books – Art Therapy with Neurological Conditions and Art Therapy with Physical Conditions – exploring connections between mind and body will be presented by three local art therapists with time for audience discussion and participation. Produced by Off the Shelf Festival of Words. Tickets available at

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