Museum and markets help promote Mental Health Awareness Week
Wakefield Museum and the district's markets are helping to promote this year's Mental Health Awareness Week (May 8-14).
Wakefield Council and its partners are encouraging people to feel empowered to talk about their feelings and to take part in events which can help boost wellbeing.
One in four people will be affected by a mental health condition; these may include depression, anxiety and stress.
The Museum at Wakefield One has teamed up with the Mental Health Museum which is part of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, service users and volunteers to put on a display which explores some of the cultural, personal and social barriers that can prevent men from speaking out about their mental health. The display will be available to view over the summer.
During the week, representatives from Turning Point Talking Therapies and other organisations will be in many of the district's markets, to encourage people to have conversations about mental wellbeing, and receive information on where help is available.
Cllr Jessica Carrington, (pictured) Mental Health Champion at Wakefield Council, said: "Although strides are being made to encourage a better understanding and support for mental health conditions, I believe much more still needs to be done.
"I hope the awareness week will be a time when people will feel empowered to talk about their mental health and promote understanding to others who may be going through a difficult stage in their lives, as well as to encouraging people to seek help."
The market events are from 9.30am to 4pm from May 8 – 14 and are at:
- Tuesday 9 May - Ossett Market Place
- Wednesday 10 May - Pontefract Market Place
- Thursday 11 May - Castleford Market Place
- Friday 12 May Wakefield Market Place
People also have the opportunity to visit the Talking Shop at 57 Kirkgate Wakefield, where they are being invited to learn more about mental health and can access information. The shop is open 8am to 8pm Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and 10am to 4.30pm on Sundays.
Additionally, a series of workshops are also taking place, to help people tackle common issues which can impact on mental health and general wellbeing. These are on:
- 15 May - Wakefield Library - Sleep workshop - from 17:00pm to 18:30pm
- 16 May - Pontefract Library - Managing low mood - from 10:30am to 12:00 noon
- 18 May - Hemsworth Library - Managing workplace stress - from 09:30am to 11:00am
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