MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: ‘Everyone you meet is fighting a battle’

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A series of events have been planned in the city to mark Sheffield Mental Health Week, which runs from October 10-16.

Following the success of Sheffield Mind’s Wellbeing Festival this summer, the city charity is now aiming to promote positive mental health for all and celebrate and promote the services in Sheffield that help with recovery with its biggest programme of events ever.

The programme will kick off with an exhibition of art created by service users, exploring the themes of connection and community, first at Sheffield Winter Gardens, until Friday, and then at DINA Art Gallery on Cambridge Street, from October 13 to 16. A team will also be in the Moor Market on October 10 with SAGE Greenfingers, offering people the opportunity to explore free arts and crafts activities.

Sheffield Mind will be teaming up with the Brathay Trust for their first joint conference: ‘Changing Landscapes,’ this Friday at Sheffield Assay Office, which will examine changes in the field of mental health, and feature a number of speakers, including Paul Blomfield MP.

A highlight of the programme will see Sheffield Mind joining forces with the Off The Shelf Festival once again as John de St Jorre discusses his memoir on the search for his mother at The Workstation at 7.30pm today. John will discuss his exploration of society’s attitudes towards mental health as well as recounting his own moving story of having a loved one lost in a system.

Visit wwwsheffieldmentalhealthweek.co.uk for a full listing of events, workshops, talks and exhibitions or follow @SheffieldMHW on Twitter.