Mental health charity to offer advice

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STAFF from a charity helping people with mental illness will be in Sheffield city centre next Tuesday handing out information and advice to those concerned about a loved one.

Rethink Mental Illness staff, based on Eyre Street, will be outside Marks & Spencer on Fargate between 10am and 4pm.

They will also be inviting people to have a break and attend a chill-out session at the Quaker Meeting House, James Street, on Tuesday June 21 when there will be yoga, salsa dancing and an art workshop between 10.30am and 3.30am.

Free blood pressure and cholesterol tests will also be offered.

Carol Doyle, manager of the Rethink Mental Illness Sheffield Carers Service, said: “Our services in Sheffield were established by a group of carers in 1992 and, since then, have worked with over 2,000 people affected by mental illness.

“There are people across the city doing everything they can to help their loved ones live with illnesses like schizophrenia and depression and we know how stressful that can be.”

Stephen Downing, from Sheffield, supports a relative with mental health difficulties and first went to service three years ago. He said: “The help I’ve received from the service has got me through the most difficult times.

For more information about the help and support available visit www.rethink.org/caringforyourself, call 0114 267 7660 or email sheffieldcarers@rethink.org.