Our own celebration of World Mental Health Day!

Caption: MP Andy McDonald at our Ageing Better stall
Caption: Our lovely Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind staff
Caption: Everyone getting involved in sitting yoga
Caption: Our team with Rory from MFC Foundation
Caption: The #SideBySide project with peer facilitators

Middlesbrough hosted it’s very own celebration of World mental Health Day on Saturday 8th October.

The Alright Middlesbrough event powered by the Middlesbrough Mental Health partnership and Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, gathered people in centre square, with over 30 stalls and a marquee, enjoying laughter yoga and mocktails.

The all-day event included 45 local groups and charities to showcase information, advice and free taster sessions to help people, including local MP Andy McDonald achieve healthier, happier minds.

Alright Middlesbrough had a whole host of fun activities on the day including; face painting, laughter yoga, Zumba, cakes stalls, smoothie bike and even a kick about session with MFC Foundation.

Award winning author Sean Borodale of Bee Journal, which is one of the Reading Agency’s mood-boosting books did a Q&A as well as a book signing. There was also a signed MFC Football shirt on raffle.

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day on Monday 10th October, was ‘Psychological First Aid.’ This was about treating your mind’s wellbeing with the same respect as you would a physical injury and exploring the ways you can mentally ‘keep fit’ and look after yourself.

The event was such a success and tackled the stigma amongst people in the town. People were willing to be open about their mental health difficulties and seek information for themselves and anyone struggling.

Kerry Robinson, Deputy Chief Executive of Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind said, “the event had a really positive atmosphere. There was a real buzz about it and it was great to see so many diverse organisations working with each other.”

“Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind won’t give up in our efforts to improve the mental health and wellbeing of local people. This event is just one example of how we can raise the profile of good mental health and tackle the stigma so often associated with it".

“We’re really pleased to have been involved”.

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind had stalls at the event promoting the range of services available for people. ‘The children. young people and family service’ offered a 10minute workshop on children’s emotional wellbeing whereas ‘Recovery College’ offered a taster session into relaxation and breathing techniques.

Side By Side’ offered people information on what groups they may want to take part in such as Raindrops to Rainbows, a group who supports mums with Pre/Postnatal Depression.

With so many organisations such as Age UK Teesside, Headstart, Healthwatch Middlesbrough, Dietwise and lots more participating, the local community said ‘alright’ to mental health.

Andy McDonald, MP enjoyed his day meeting local services and part-taking in the activities. He even joined Ageing Better Middlesbrough along with 750 members from the local community.

Mr McDonald said, “I am delighted to sign up in support of the Ageing Better Middlesbrough project. Mental as well as physical well-being is so important and even small things can make such a difference to people’s lives. Tackling loneliness and isolation is a vital aspect of achieving better mental health and I encourage everyone to be mindful of those around us who might need our help”.

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind would like to thank Central Library for working with us and providing space for all the workshops, also a huge thank you to the local services and everyone who attended.

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