Events for Mental Health Awareness Week
Embrace the wonders of nature and help tackle loneliness as a series of events aimed and bringing people together will mark Mental Health Awareness Week.
Article date: 9 May 2022
The week, which runs from May 9th to May 14th includes a range of walks organised by St Helens Wellbeing Service across the borough, alongside sessions offering everything from cooking, tea and chat and men's sessions. That all fits alongside a wide variety of help and advice from different groups to offer support for those in need.
The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on loneliness, which happens when there is a mismatch between the social connections you have and those that a person wants or needs.
Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, said: "One in four of us will have our lives affected by mental health and loneliness is one of the key contributors to how we feel about ourselves. But no one should feel they are alone because there are a wealth of opportunities to get out and meet new people and make those important connections. Whether it's joining a sports club, taking part in one of the many walks taking place this week, or if physical activity isn't for you there are a whole host of groups that take in every hobby or simply drop-in sessions to chat to others.
"There are also specialist sessions to support people who want to become a mental health first aider, webinars for those working with asylum seekers and information on how you can tackle loneliness online at https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/lifes-challenges/loneliness/ so make sure you do something to make a difference either to your own or someone else's mental wellbeing as part of Mental Health Awareness Week."
There are also activities from Positive Life Workshops CLC at 130 Napier Street, WA10 2EW with crafts from 11am to 1pm on Thursdays with a cost of £4 and a free Ladies Lounge session on Saturdays from 3:30pm to 4:40pm.
To see the full timetable of events, advice and support from St Helens Wellbeing visit www.sthelenswellbeing.org.uk
If you or someone you know needs mental health support they can also visit St Helens Borough Council's Okay To Ask website where you can find details for a range of organisations who provide advice and guidance. Visit www.oktoaskcampaign.co.uk for more details.
For parents there is help from Parents in Mind with pages for mums here: https://padlet.com/nctparentsinmind/dkd3wh2wi4fvxx03 and for dads and partners here: https://padlet.com/nctparentsinmind/vh2adimhm6fhtoko