South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust is inviting everyone to join in Calderdale’s Festival of Wellbeing to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Thursday 9th October at Northbridge Leisure Centre in Halifax, 10am-3pm.
The event is just one of many celebrations taking place across South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust and throughout the world, which aim to tackle the stigma that surrounds mental illness and promote wellbeing.
This year’s celebrations will be opened by special guest, Dr Rufus May who is a clinical psychologist. The event will be led predominantly by service user group, M Power along with Voluntary Action Calderdale.
The festival will include live music, ‘pets as therapy’ dogs, taster sessions for arts and crafts and complementary therapies such as aromatherapy massage, Indian head massage, reiki and reflexology. Visitors will also be encouraged to get active with dancing and exercise classes. For the less energetic, there will be health walks and gardening workshops as well as meditation sessions run by the Buddhist Centre.
One of the organisers Jonny Glenn said, "This year’s event will have a festival atmosphere and there will be plenty of activities on offer to boost people’s wellbeing. There will also be lots of information and advice available to help promote healthy lifestyles. Good overall health is proven to help maintain good mental health and few people will leave this event without having done something to make them feel better!"
Chair of the Trust, Joyce Catterick added, "This event is a fantastic opportunity for local people to come together and celebrate wellbeing. The Trust is at the final stage in its application to become a Foundation Trust, which is a different type of NHS organisation based on membership. Over 10,000 local people have joined the Trust as members and they have all been invited to this year’s event. Local people, who are not already members, will also have the chance to learn more about the Trust and membership."
The event is completely free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be available throughout the day and there will be a quiet space for anyone wanting time out. For more information call 0800 587 2108 (freephone).