The Mayor of South Tyneside has helped to champion mental health support as part of a national awareness campaign this week.
South Tyneside Council marked World Mental Health Day (10 October) by giving local people the opportunity to attend a drop-in session at Cleadon Park Library.
The event, organised by South Tyneside Libraries and the Council's Public Health Team, enabled visitors to take advantage of information provided by the Change4Life and Wellbeing Champions Network, the NHS Lifecycle Service and Mental Health Matters.
The Mayor, Councillor Ken Stephenson was joined by the Mayoress, Cathy Stephenson to launch the event, which also coincided with National Libraries Week and its 'Wellbeing' theme.
He said: "Mental illness is something that can affect anyone. The challenges and pressures of everyday life can be stressful, but being overwhelmed by stress can have a real detrimental impact on a person's emotional wellbeing.
"World Mental Health Day is an ideal opportunity to highlight issues around mental health and promote the support available. It gets people talking about it and helps to spread the word about what they can do to maintain good mental health and wellbeing and this is important."
Councillor Tracey Dixon, the Council's Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, also attended the event.
She added: "Looking after your mental health is every bit as important as taking care of your physical health.
"We want to raise awareness of this and try to remove the stigma associated with mental health. It's important to make sure people know where and how to access the right support when they need it."