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Council supports Mental Health Awareness Week

Council supports Mental Health Awareness Week

14 May 2018

During Mental Health Awareness Week (14 to 20 May 2018), North Lincolnshire Council’s Healthy Lifestyle Service has arranged information and awareness raising events.

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the focus for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is stress. According to the Foundation, research has shown that two thirds of people experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and stress is a key factor in this.

Do you know how to manage and reduce stress? Is your emotional health and wellbeing not a priority? North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service can offer support and advice.

Drop-in mental health awareness events are taking place at:

  • Café Indiependent, Scunthorpe High Street, on Monday 14 May from 10am to 2pm

  • Scunthorpe Central (was Central Library) on Wednesday 16 May from 10am to 4pm

  • Normanby Hall Country Park on Friday 18 May, a walk around the park starting at 10.30am

Whether you would like to find out about looking after your emotional health and wellbeing or tips on reducing stress, the events are open to all. Drop-in and speak to the team.

At the events they will provide information on ways to improve mental health and wellbeing, signposting to services, discussing stress busters and the importance of healthy eating, and exercise for relaxation.

The Cook4Life team will be offering healthy smoothies and muffins, and will be on hand to offer support with health eating and nutrition tips, as well as highlighting its benefits for good emotional health and wellbeing.

Meditation sessions will be provided every 20 minutes at the events (excluding Normanby Hall and Parkrun) and you’ll be provided with details on its benefits. The meditation will last for about 10 minutes, after which you will be given a fact sheet with details on where to find meditation online.

For more details on North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service and the services they provide, go to the Healthy Lifestyle Service page or call 01724 298212.

The Service provides free weight management and physical activity sessions, help with emotional health and wellbeing and stop smoking sessions.

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for Adults and Health, said:

“Mental health and emotional wellbeing are things that should be talked about openly, and information should be readily available to support those in need. This is why we have organised a number of events throughout Mental Health Awareness Week to encourage people to talk about mental health.

“Stress can be a main factor in mental health problems, if this can be tackled we can go a long way to tackling mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.

“If you would like information, support or advice, go along to one of the sessions.”

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First Published:14 May 2018