Warwickshire County Council celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Today marks the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week, which Warwickshire County Council is supporting with the aim of encouraging people to place the same importance on their mental health as they do on their physical health, and highlighting the importance of looking after your mental wellbeing if you are a carer for someone else.

The national theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 is ‘surviving or thriving?’, highlighting that good mental health is more than the absence of a diagnosed mental health problem, and that many people may be surviving, ie getting through day-to-day life, but they aren’t thriving, ie feeling content, well, and in control.

This year, WCC is particularly focusing on the struggles that can face people who are carers for somebody else. Although caring for someone can have many positive and rewarding aspects, there are lots of reasons carers need additional support. Caring can be emotionally exhausting because of the strain of seeing the person they love experiencing pain, distress or discomfort. This can lead to stress, depression and other mental health issues.

Experts say anyone can experience a period of feeling low, anxious or overwhelmed, whether they have a long-term mental health condition or not, and it is important for people to take steps during these times to look after themselves, just like with any other illness. Developing techniques to improve wellbeing helps to build mental and emotional resilience, and can prevent the problem from possibly becoming worse.

In Warwickshire, a number of local Wellbeing Hubs are available to help people work on enhancing their wellbeing, through the Wellbeing for Warwickshire Service. The hubs can also support those who are struggling to cope or finding things difficult, to improve their wellbeing and offer support during difficult times. The Wellbeing Hubs are offering a range of activities and events for Mental Health Awareness Week; for more information, visit: warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth and click on Wellbeing for Warwickshire

In addition to the hubs, there are a range of mental health and wellbeing services in Warwickshire, accessible in different ways depending on preference: face-to-face services; books, e-books and audio CDs; a telephone helpline; and an anonymous, online support website, bigwhitewall.com

The Five Ways to Wellbeing in Warwickshire initiative is another great way for Warwickshire residents and workers to find out more about maintaining good wellbeing and building it into their daily lives. For more information on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, please visit: warwickshire.gov.uk/5ways

Monica Fogarty, Joint Managing Director of Warwickshire County Council, said: “We want our residents to be safe, healthy and independent; to be thriving rather than surviving. Mental Health Awareness Week is an important opportunity to speak about the role of wellbeing in maintaining good mental health.”

“If anyone is struggling to cope or feeling low, please don’t wait for things to get too much. There are a range of mental health and wellbeing services and support available across Warwickshire that can help you to improve your wellbeing and support you during difficult times.”

The Mental Health Foundation who lead the Mental Health Awareness Week campaign nationally seeking to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. To find out more visit: mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

Wellbeing for Warwickshire – sessions and events around Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Rugby

Name of event: Journey Bus Outreach at Rugby College
Why come along? Staff will promote the 5 ways to Wellbeing and raise awareness of local services.Also the chance to speak to someone with lived experience who is now thriving despite his struggles with mental health issues.
Date: Monday 8th May 2017
Time 11am – 2pm
Venue: Rugby College, Technology Drive, Rugby

 

Name of event: Peer Led Drop-In Open Day
Why come along? Residents of Rugby, local to the Wellbeing Hub have been invited to join the Peer Led Drop In to learn more about the services provided and how we thrive alongside our edible garden project!Open access drop-in available to everyone.
Date: Tuesday 9th May 2017
Time 1-4pm
Venue: Rugby Wellbeing Hub, 28 Cromwell Road, Rugby

 

Name of event: Support at Rugby Community Allotment
Why come along? Staff will be promoting the 5 ways to wellbeing and Wellbeing for Warwickshire Services
Date: Wednesday 10th May
Time 11am-12pm
Venue: Rugby Community Allotment, Clifton Road, Rugby

 

Name of event: Outreach at Rugby Leisure Centre
Why come along? Staff will promote 5 ways to wellbeing and raise awareness of local services in particular the GROW 1:1 sessions and how they might help someone move from surviving to thriving!
Date: Thursday 11th May
Time 10am-1pm
Venue: Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre, Bruce Williams Way, Rugby

 

Name of event: 5 ways with P3 Charity Clients and Staff
Why come along? P3 invited guests only – WbW staff will be doing a 5 ways to wellbeing workshop and offer the opportunity for informal chats with individuals during this 2 hour event.
Date: Friday 12th May
Time 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Exercise for Less, Wood Street, Rugby

 

Name of event: Peer Led Drop-In Open Day
Why come along? Residents of Rugby, local to the Wellbeing Hub have been invited to join the Peer Led Drop In to learn more about the services provided and how we thrive alongside our edible garden project!Open access drop-in available to everyone.
Date: Saturday 13th May 2017
Time 10am-1pm
Venue: Rugby Wellbeing Hub, 28 Cromwell Road, Rugby

North Warwickshire

Name of event: Choices – Survive or Thrive drop-in
Why come along? Fun and information on what we do to get through the day and what we do to enjoy the day helping to build resilience
Date: Mon 8th May 2017
Time Any time between 10.00am and 12 noon
Venue: Mancetter wellbeing hub, Mancetter memorial hall, Mancetter, CV9 1QN

 

Name of event: Choices – Survive or Thrive Outreach
Why come along? Fun and information on what we do to get through the day and what we do to enjoy the day helping to build resilience
Date: Mon 8th May 2017
Time 12.30pm
Venue: George Eliott Hospital, GETEC wing (for hospital staff only)

 

Name of event: Choices – Survive or Thrive drop-in
Why come along? Fun and information on what we do to get through the day and what we do to enjoy the day helping to build resilience
Date: Tues 9th May 2017
Time Anytime between 6.00pm and 8.00pm
Venue: Nuneaton Wellbeing Hub, Newtown Chambers, Corporation St, Nuneaton, CV11 5XR

 

Name of event: Choices – Survive or Thrive Outreach
Why come along? Fun and information on what we do to get through the day and what we do to enjoy the day helping to build resilience
Date: Wed 10th May 2017
Time 1.15pm
Venue: George Eliott Hospital, GETEC wing (for hospital staff only)

 

Name of event: Choices – Survive or Thrive drop-in
Why come along? Fun and information on what we do to get through the day and what we do to enjoy the day helping to build resilience
Date: Wed 10th May 2017
Time Anytime between 6.00pm and 8.00pm
Venue: Bedworth Wellbeing Hub, Bedworth CAB, Congreve Walk, Bedworth, CV12 8LX

Warwick

Name of event: Student drop in
Why come along? Learn about mental health and pick up some revision tips
Date: 9th May
Time 10 till 1pm
Venue: Moreton Morrell college

 Leamington Spa

Name of event: Scouts well being talk
Why come along?
Date: Monday 8th May
Time 7pm
Venue: Dale St Methodist Church Hall

 

Name of event: Mind bus
Why come along? Learn about mental health and pick up some revision tips
Date: 10th May
Time 10am till 1pm
Venue: Leamington College

 

Name of event: Leamington hub drop
Why come along? Chat and socialise with others with mental health issues
Date: 10th and 12th May
Time 2pm till 5pm on the 10th and 12.30 till 3.30pm on 12th
Venue: Leamington hub, Southborough terrace

 

Name of event: May festival
Why come along? Learn about wellbeing at the festival
Date: 14th May
Time 10.00 till 4pm
Venue: Sydni centre

Stratford-upon-Avon

Name of event: Stratford hub drop in and mindfulness
Why come along?
Date: 9th May
Time 11am till 2pm
Venue: Stratford hub, 48 Cygnet court

 

Name of event: Stratford upon Avon college stall
Why come along? Learn about mental health and pick up some revision tips
Date: 11th May
Time 12 till 2pm
Venue: Stratford upon Avon college

 

For more information on these events please call Wellbeing for Warwickshire 02477 712288

Wellbeing for Warwickshire is commissioned by Warwickshire County Council, Public Health