Sheffield mental health awareness week

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Positive mental health is set to be celebrated across Sheffield with a range of events lined-up for an awareness week.

Sheffield Mental Health Week will kick off on Monday, October 6, with a Time to Change event in the Winter Garden in the city centre, followed by an evening lecture at the city’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital on depression and anxiety.

The Winter Garden event, which will run between 10am and 3pm, invites people to enter into conversations about mental health while sharing their own experiences.

On Thursday, October 9, the week’s activities continue at the city’s Central Library.

During the Living Library event volunteers with experience of mental health issues will chat to with visitors over a free cuppa and a slice of cake.

Later that day, there will also be a special film screening at Sheffield University’s Students’ Union Building.

Tickets for the screening of Silver Linings, a film about a man suffering with bipolar disorder, cost £2.50 and are available from 0114 222 8777.

A highlight of the line-up is set to be an exhibition in the Winter Garden on Friday, October 10, to mark World Mental Health Day.

During the event, organisations Greenfingers and Artling will be staging an array of free activities including pressing apples to make fresh fruit juice, creating greetings cards and painting some of the Winter Garden’s beauty.

Other events during the week include an opportunity for artists from the Sheffield Creative Arts Support Team to showcase their annual exhibition at St Mary’s Community Centre on Bramall Lane, Highfield.

The exhibition, which will be open from Thursday to Sunday, October 9 to 12, includes work in different media addressing issues of mental health awareness, stigma reduction and starting conversations about mental health.

Kevan Taylor, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, said: “Sheffield Mental Health Week always offers a wonderful variety of events and this year is no different.

“I am proud the people of Sheffield come together each year to promote mental health and am particularly looking forward to seeing the latest work from CAST.”

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