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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.

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.

Walk a Mile for Wellbeing

July 26, 2011

Our friends at Get Walking, Keep Walking are organising a fabulous event as part of the Wellbeing Festival on Fargate, 29th July.

The Walk a Mile for Wellbeing will set off at 1:30pm from the top of Fargate (near Next) and any and all are welcome to join in!

Participants will receive a free step counter and be entered into a prize draw for lots of walking goodies – as if that wasn’t enough the first 50 people to register will also get a free water bottle!

Have a gander at their website and the flyer for more details and we’ll see you there!

 

www.getwalking.org.uk / facebook.com/getwalkingsheffield

 

 

 

 

Sheffield Wellbeing Festival Features.

July 18, 2011

We just wanted to say a quick thank you to Your Voice and Now Then magazine for featuring our event! It’s wonderful to get the support.

You can see our feature in Your Voice in these lovely scanned pics – including an inset of some simple positive steps for feeling good which we think are just as important as eating your five fruit and veg a day.

You can read the feature in Now Then magazine’s July edition here – we’re in the Favourites section!

Keep up with us on Facebook / Twitter too and tell us what you think of the event as we’d love to hear your views.

Sheffield Mental Health Day, 2010.

July 1, 2011

A few from last years Sheffield Mental Health Day held on Barkers Pool. Hope you’ve got Fargate on 29th July in your diary for this year!

 

Sheffield Mental Health Day 2009.

June 30, 2011

A few photos from a great Sheffield Mental Health Day in 2009. Join us on Fargate this year, 29th July, for the next instalment!

 

Sheffield Wellbeing Festival, 29th July, Fargate.

June 15, 2011

Roll up, roll up one and all and come to the fair on Fargate on July 29th and what sights you shall see!

Sheffield Mental Health Week is pleased to announce our Wellbeing Festival will this year be held on Fargate. From 10am you will be treated to a variety of stalls, activities and even stilt walkers all coming together in celebration of wellbeing and the plethora of wonderful services the city has to offer those suffering with mental health issues and their carers.

Too often these services are unsung so it’s time instead to celebrate! We’ll be filling Fargate with stalls from organisations offering information on their services, volunteering opportunities and much, much more.

Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive of SHSC, said: “This year‟s event promises to be even bigger than last year, proving to be a real celebration of services and a great opportunity to promote mental health, break down stigma and demonstrate a wide range of things you can do to help your mental wellbeing. We are looking forward to it immensely.”

Janet Southworth, Public health lead for mental health, NHS Sheffield, said: “Sheffield Wellbeing Festival is a chance for everyone to discover how they can take positive steps to improve their health and wellbeing. Looking after our mental health is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and the event is a great way for people to find out more and take some positive steps to feeling good.”

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a new partner for this year and we are happy to welcome them onboard. Dr Johann Labuschagne, Head of Psychological Services, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals said: “We are delighted to be contributing to this event. We welcome the opportunity to highlight the many psychological and mental health issues that influence our health and well-being, and encourage a better understanding of what we can all do to help ourselves manage illness and injury. It is remarkable how resilient we can be in the face of physical and mental health challenges.”

The focus of the day will be on emphasising the steps we can each take to promote and look after our own mental wellbeing as well as celebrating the services available in the city. So with that in mind we will also be offering a variety of taster sessions throughout the day to help you find and maintain that wellbeing for yourself. Sessions will range from Zumba to boxercise and parachute games. There will also be music and much more, so what are you waiting for? Get that date in the diary.