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Local Agencies Join Forces To Raise Awareness Of Mental Health Issues

Local agencies across South Tyneside are joining forces to support a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues.

Members of South Tyneside's Change4Life Health & Wellbeing Champions Network are holding a drop-in at Westoe Crown Community Hub, as part of World Mental Health Day (WMHD) which takes place today (Monday, October 10).

Rob Braines, a volunteer who represents the Network which promotes health across the Borough, said: "We will be promoting the Five Ways to Wellbeing messages throughout the building by having themed areas focusing on being active, connecting, keep learning, taking notice and giving.

"All of our activities will feature positive approaches to mental health and emotional wellbeing that have been found to help people to become stronger and more resilient when dealing with many of the problems that modern life tends to generate.

"Local agencies such as Bliss=Ability, Tyneside MIND, Arts 4 Wellbeing and South Tyneside Lifecycle Primary Care Mental Health Service are working together to promote mental health and wellbeing at the free event which is taking place today from 11am-4pm.

"In the Borough WMHD has become so popular due to the close networking of community and voluntary sector groups and South Tyneside Council's Public Health and libraries teams.

"Taking care of your mental health is just as important as eating healthily and getting regular exercise. Taking simple steps like connecting with people and being active can really improve your health and wellbeing."

The event which is held at Westoe Crown Community Hub, Unit R9, Sea Winnings Way, South Shields includes sporting activities, housing support, social navigating service as well as archery and volunteering opportunities and is open to everyone.

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