Raise a glass of apple juice to mental health

Winter Gardens utopia
Winter Gardens utopia
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A utopia of well-being was underway in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens, as local charity SAGE Greenfingers’ celebrated World Mental Health Day at the weekend.

The event was one of a number taking place across the city to raise awareness, challenge stigma, provide information and bring people together to enjoy practical workshops.

The centre piece of the event was a large globe of willow which people decorated with messages about how nature improves well-being.

There was also a team cutting and pressing apples to distribute fresh juice and the opportunity for people to try their hand at wood carving and card-making.

The event was commissioned by the Sheffield Council and Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust, to demonstrate the wide range of organisations and individuals promoting mental well-being across the city.

Diana Tottle, director of Sage - which specialises in helping those with mental health issues to relax and find peace in a natural environment - said: “This time a year ago our charity was in danger of closing, but with renewed Big Lottery funding we’ve been able not merely to keep things going, but to scale up what we do and introduce more variety.

“Our members and volunteers were delighted to have this opportunity to share our activities with the general public. 
“We were joined on the day by two fantastic charities; Artling, offering craft tasters, and Abundance, who help gather fruit in the city.

She added: “We wanted to demonstrate how engaging with the natural world can enhance our well-being, so we asked the public to come share in the fruits of our labours.”