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Raising the Profile of Mental Health

The Mayor of South Tyneside has launched a series of free events taking place across the Borough to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Running until 19 May, Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual national campaign aimed at raising awareness of mental health and the services available.

The Mayor, Ken Stephenson, said: "This is a really worthwhile campaign which allows us to highlight the importance of good mental health and the things people can do to take care of their mental wellbeing."

The Mayor was joined by the Mayoress, Mrs Cathy Stephenson, at the launch to kick start a packed programme of events and activities throughout the week organised by the Council in partnership with the local NHS and voluntary sector organisations.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "Looking after your mental health is every bit as important as taking care of your physical health.

"This week is the perfect opportunity for people to get out and about and find out about how they can keep themselves well both physically and mentally."

Among the events on offer is a young people's mental health Question Time panel on Wednesday, 15 May between 2pm and 4pm at Tyne Coast College.

The full programme of activities is available on the Council website at


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