Raising awarness of mental health issues in South Tyneside

Coun Moira Smith
Coun Moira Smith

PEOPLE in South Tyneside will be able to get help with mental health next week.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, a series of free events are taking place in the borough from Monday.

South Tyneside Council’s libraries service, public health team and local voluntary groups, aim to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Coun Moira Smith, lead member for health and wellbeing at South Tyneside Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see partners coming together to hold a variety of free events, all aimed at helping to promote good mental health, which is crucial to our overall health.

“This week is an ideal opportunity to spread the word about the range of information and advice services available, to help improve people’s quality of life.”

The events range from training and drop-in sessions to an information event and film show.

It will start with a drop-in event, which is taking place at 10am, at Cleadon Park Library, South Shields, on Monday, where a number of organisations will be on hand to talk to people about the services they provide.

On Tuesday, the Al-Azhar Mosque in Laygate is hosting an information event, from 10am to noon, giving people the opportunity to find out what services are available locally.

On Wednesday, Arts4Wellbeing will be holding a Be Happy and Smile event at Central Library, South Shields, from 11am to 12.30pm, and, later that day, visitors to Central Library can join Bliss-Ability to get information and advice about how to deal with stress.

The Stress Cause and Effect workshop is taking place from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. People are urged to book by calling 427 1666.

On Thursday, Hebburn Library will be hosting a happiness and wellbeing coffee morning from 10am to noon, when organisations will be offering advice and guidance on positive mental health. The week will end with the free screening of a new film on shared decision making on Friday, from 10am to noon, in the Library Theatre, Central Library, South Shields.

The film follows the process through which patients, their relations and doctors work together to identify the treatment option that is best for the individual.

A number of walks and exercise events are also taking place at various venues throughout the week.

For further information about the walks and Green Gym events, call Sarah Atchison at Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, on 428 1144. For the full programme of events go to www.southtyneside.info/whatson.

Information about mental health is also available at www.change4lifesouthtyneside.co.uk and www.wellbeinginfo.org