Huddersfield celebrates wellbeing!
South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust held a Festival of Wellbeing at Huddersfield University today to celebrate World Mental Health Day. Hundreds of people from across the district attended the event to show their support and learn about ways to keep their minds healthy.
The event was just one of many celebrations taking place across South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust and throughout the world to promote wellbeing and tackle the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
The festival included arts and crafts taster sessions, complimentary therapies and a wide variety of stalls and refreshments. There was also plenty of entertainment including a performance from the Hoot guitar orchestra, an art exhibition, music from DJ Alix Brains, laughter therapy workshops, creative writing workshops, head and hand massages, an introduction to yoga, various competitions and some street theatre by students of the university’s drama department.
There were information stalls at the event and displays helping people understand the importance of looking after their own mental wellbeing. Information for families and carers was also available.
David Henry who went along to the event said, "The day has helped to build up people’s self confidence and has been a really nice event. I wish I could do this everyday!"
Alex Feather who helped to organise the event said, "There has been something here for everyone. We just hope that every person who came along has taken something positive away with them."
Chief Executive of the Trust Steven Michael said, "This is the second time we have held a World Mental Health Day celebration at Huddersfield University, and the fact that so many people, including members of our organisation have turned up, shows their commitment to and enthusiasm for the mental health agenda. There has been such a vibrant atmosphere and it is a great approach to tackling stigma."