Mental Health awareness comes to Town!

Caption: Alright Middlesbrough showcases what’s on offer locally, to help people achieve healthier, happier minds.

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind are working in collaboration with the Middlesbrough Mental Health Partnership to bring Alright Middlesbrough to town, our very own annual celebration of World Mental Health Day.

The Alright Middlesbrough event takes place on Saturday 8th October between 10am and 3pm in Centre Square.

It aims to recognise the importance of mental health and wellbeing with 32 stalls featuring 45 local voluntary and non-profit organisations, together with a marquee housing lots of fun interactive events.

It promises to be the largest mental health event Middlesbrough has ever seen.

World Mental Health Day itself is on Monday 10th October and this year’s theme is Psychological First Aid. This empowers the idea of treating our mind with the same respect as a physical injury and to explore the countless ways for better mental health.

Kerry Robinson, Deputy Chief Executive of Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind said “We’re really pleased to be a part of an event of this size, in the heart of Middlesbrough. It’s great to be working with so many other organisations to really raise the profile of mental health and wellbeing for all".

"Mental health issues impact on all of us from time to time".

"We can often shrug our emotions off by saying things like “that’s life”, “I’m just really busy” or “there are people with much more to worry about than me”. Feeling stressed, anxious or low don’t have to be ongoing and significant factors in your day to day life – you can often learn to understand and manage these kinds of issues with a bit of information and support.”

"If you do feel you’re struggling with your emotional wellbeing then come along on to Centre Square on Saturday and find out what’s out there. I’m sure you’ll be impressed at the range of support and services available and you might be surprised to learn that there are lots of other people having similar experiences to you."

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind will have three stalls on the day that will include taster sessions of our many services.

Children. young people and family’s service will deliver emotional support to all children and young people in the marquee.
In Middlesbrough, two in every five children will have some form of emotional difficulty whereas the national average is one in every ten.

This local event hopes to break the stigma and allow people to be open about their mental health difficulties and to seek information for anyone struggling.

Recovery College will also provide a short course to help people manage their mental health difficulties with relaxation and breathing techniques. Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind offer a great variety of mental health workshops and courses to suit all needs.

Ageing Better Middlesbrough will be promoting better mental health and wellbeing for people over 50 in the area. Ageing Better Middlesbrough is working to reduce loneliness and social isolation for people aged 50 and over by inspiring people to lead active, healthy and happy lives.

The Side By Side programme will be promoting peer groups and activities in the area for people to get involved with. Bringing individuals together with mental health experiences to support each other through friendship and shared interests.

Other activities on the day will include face painting, laughter yoga, balloon modelling, cake stalls, smoothie making and even a kick about session with MFC Foundation. There will also be a reading / A&A from award-winning author Sean Borodale, author of Bee Journal, which is one of the Reading Agency’s mood-boosting books.

Alright Middlesbrough will even be raffling a signed MFC football shirt on the day.

All the stalls will be located in the area in front of the Central Library. A huge thank you to the team at the Central Library for working with us and providing space for a lot of local workshops inside.

With so many organisations such as Age UK Teesside, Headstart, Healthwatch Middlesbrough, Men Tell Health and lots more participating, Alright Middlesbrough is looking forward to the community saying ‘alright’.

You can enrol for the sessions online, for a full list of times and activities check out the Alright Middlesbrough website here.

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