The Mayor of South Tyneside has kick-started a series of events to help people take better care of themselves and their families.
Self Care Week, which is running until Sunday 19 November, is an annual national awareness campaign encouraging people to support their own health and wellbeing. This year's theme is Embracing Self Care for Life.
The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Olive Punchion and Mrs Mary French, were on hand to mark the start of the week of South Tyneside activities at a drop in session for local people at Cleadon Park Library.
The Mayor said: "Self Care Week is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the small simple adjustments that people to make to take care of their own health and wellbeing.
"By supporting our residents to help themselves through events like these, we can improve the quality of life for local people as well as encourage healthy behaviours to help prevent ill health in the long term. Self care also supports and eases the pressure on our valuable health and social care services, particularly during the winter period when demand for services tends to increase.
"I was delighted to help get the week underway in South Tyneside and would urge people to take advantage of the events on offer. They provide a wealth of information about staying healthy, independent and living well."
The programme of events has been organised by South Tyneside Council's Public Health and Libraries services in conjunction with local NHS, care and voluntary sector organisations.
Highlights of the week include health and wellbeing drop in sessions, taster sessions and workshops covering issues such as diabetes, online safety, mental health and mindfulness as well as walks, green gyms and a coffee morning.
Members of the local Arts 4 Wellbeing group have also used Self Care Week as inspiration for a health care exhibition at Cleadon Park Library.