Mental Health Awareness Week

Published on: Monday, 11-May-2015

Knowsley’s Public Health team is backing Mental Health Awareness Week, from 11 to 18 May with a series of events across the borough.

The week highlights the positive steps people can take to increase mental resilience and provides an opportunity to encourage everyone to actively maintain and improve their mental health.

The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ are a set of simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives to promote wellbeing – they are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

Throughout the week, the Community Health Development Team will hold a series of events providing residents with information about the five ways to wellbeing.  These will take place on Tuesday, 12 May between 9am and 12.30pm at Kirkby Leisure Centre, Wednesday, 13 May between 10am and 12pm at The Halewood Centre and on Thursday, 14 May between 9.30am and 3.30pm at Asda in Huyton.  In addition, health walks take place weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The Knowsley Village small health walk is on Wednesdays, leaving at 10am from the Derby Arms public house on Knowsley Lane, whilst the Kirkby small health walk takes place on Thursdays, leaving at 10am from the gates to Millennium Green on Kirkby Row.

Shared reading groups are also taking place in Prescot and Halewood libraries.  They are a great way to relax and unwind, whatever your reading ability. Everything is read aloud to you and there’s no pressure to join in.  Book at Breakfast is for people living with dementia and those close to them – this takes place at Prescot Library on Thursday between 10am and 11.30am.  Meanwhile, Book Break Groups take place on Wednesdays at Halewood Library between 1pm and 2.30pm – everyone welcome!

Whilst over at the National Wildflower Centre, two free Ecotherapy and mindfulness techniques taster session will take place on Thursday, 14 May and Thursday, 21 May between 10.30am and 12.00 noon.  Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based training that helps people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences - especially stressful experiences – and is recommended as a treatment for people with mental health problems.  Both sessions are free and you can drop-in – no booking is required.

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said “Mental Health Awareness Week provides a great opportunity for us all to take a moment to reflect on what we could possibly do differently to help improve our mental wellbeing. I’d encourage as many people as possible to try and get along to one of the Community Health Development Team’s events and find out more about the simple, everyday things we can all do to help us feel better about ourselves and improve our mental wellbeing.”

As part of the week The Mental Health Foundation will re-launch BeMindful.co.uk, a website dedicated to helping people improve their mental resilience through mindfulness. Mindfulness uses techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga to improve emotional strength.  You can search the website to find out if there’s a mindfulness course near year or take the online mindfulness course. For more information visit http://www.bemindful.co.uk/