Bury is marking World Mental Health Day by holding a week of events, advice and support sessions.
The big day is on Friday 10 October, and is an international focus for education, awareness and advocacy. First celebrated in 1992, it’s run by the World Federation for Mental Health, an organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.
A wide range of activities are being held in Bury starting on 5 October, from art and exercises to dementia cafes, music and advice sessions from professionals for those with mental health issues and their families.
Sunday 5 October:
- Dementia Family Fun Event – Elizabethan Suite, 2-5pm. Tickets: Rachel Yates of Making Space on 07738 148 284.
Monday 6 October:
- Art exhibition from Start in Bury – Bury Art Museum, 10am to 5pm.
- 30-minute pilates session – Castle Leisure Centre, 12.30pm
- BIG in Anxiety – Bury Blind Society, Wolstenholme House, Tenterden Street, Bury, 6.30-8.30pm.
Tuesday 7 October:
- Music and memories – let’s share! – Dementia Cafe, Tottington Library, 1-3pm. Tickets: Rachel Yates of Making Space on 07738 148 284.
- BIG in Recovery – Bury United Reformed Church, 6.15-8.15pm.
Wednesday 8 October:
- Streetwise 2000 information stall – Mill Gate shopping centre, 9am to 5pm. 30-minute
piloxing (low-impact pilates and boxing) – Castle Leisure Centre, noon.
Thursday 9 October:
- Rethink Carers Group information stand – Mill Gate shopping centre, 10am to 3pm.
- BIG drop-in – Bury Blind Society, Wolstenholme House, Tenterden Street, Bury, 6.30-8.30pm.
Friday 10 October:
- Delicious afternoon tea – Welly Community Cafe, Manchester Road Park, Bury. Tickets: 0161 253 6588.
- 30-minute belrobics/30-minute metafit fitness sessions – Castle Leisure Centre, 12-1pm.
- Carers service dementia cafe – Elms Community Centre, Whitefield. Contact Rachel Yates of Making Space on 07738 148 284.
- Singing, relaxation, crafts (open afternoon and evening) – Creative Living Centre, Bury New Road, Prestwich, 2-9pm.
· Healthy Minds Bury drop-in relaxation sessions - Humphrey House, 4 Angouleme Way, Bury, 12.30-5.30pm. Call 0161 253 5258 for more information.
Sunday 12 October:
- BIG in social – Bury Blind Society, Wolstenholme House, Tenterden Street, Bury, 1-3pm.
Councillor Rishi Shori, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Mental health touches so many families. It’s estimated that one in four people will have a mental health issue at some point in their lives, yet there is still a stigma around this illness which can prevent people talking about it or seeking the support that is available. Mental Health Day, and events such as those in Bury, can make a big difference.”
For more details, and a full programme of events in Bury, go to: http://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10032
Press release issued: 29 September 2014.