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Marking Mental Health Week in South Tyneside

A range of activities are being held in South Tyneside next week to support Mental Health Awareness Week.

The week, which runs from 13 - 19 May, will this year focus on body image.

A packed programme of activities will be delivered by the Council in partnership with the local NHS and voluntary sector organisations.

To launch the event the Mayor, Ken Stephenson, will be at a health and wellbeing drop-in at Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre in South Shields on Monday (13 May) from 10am to 1pm. The Change4Life Health and Wellbeing Champions Network, along with other local organisations, will be on hand to offer friendly advice over a cuppa and some healthy soup.

On Tuesday people can enjoy a free craft session to make a Guatemalan worry doll at Age Concern South Tyneside between 1pm and 2pm while on Wednesday people can receive a hand massage from Tyne Coast College students and leant about Tai Chi at Big Local Jarrow between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

On Wednesday there will also be a Question Time panel debate on young people's mental health at Tyne Coast College between 2pm and 4pm.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "Mental health issues can affect anyone at any time. However, it is important that people take some time for themselves and look after their mental health.

"I would encourage people to come along and support this week and find out about the wide range of support available to help them improve their emotional health and wellbeing."

The full programme of activities throughout the week is available on the council website at    


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