South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and State of Mind are launching an exciting new project in Barnsley to highlight how physical and artistic activities can improve men’s wellbeing.
State of Mind, an initiative which promotes practical ways for people to look after their mental health is working with the Trust’s recovery and wellbeing team and local organisations Action Space Mobile and PSS health trainers in Barnsley to deliver the pilot to local people and sports teams.
As part of the pilot, men over the age of 16 will be invited to attend five sessions that explore how physical and artistic activities can be utilised to help men manage difficulties they may be experiencing while improving their physical and mental wellbeing.
The pilot project will be launched at a special event on 25 May 2013 at Shaw Lane sports complex, Barnsley, S70 6HZ from 10am – 12 noon. Throughout the event, there will be presentations by State of Mind trainers about the campaign, as well as a market stall event to provide information on local NHS, sporting and community services available in Barnsley.
Jane Baker, who is part of the Trust’s physical activity development team said, “We are really excited about working with State of Mind to deliver this project in Barnsley. We hope that men will get involved as it will give them the opportunity to explore different sports and artistic activities such as drumming sessions, cooking sessions and football matches as well as sessions to help them manage stress, anger management and coping strategies.
“Everyone in the local area, those who use Trust services and their carers, along with local sports club are invited to the launch event in May to find out more about the pilot as well as local NHS services.”