A number of workshops and a drop-in will be held in South Tyneside to mark World Mental Health Day next Thursday (10 October).
The drop-in, organised by South Tyneside Libraries and the Council's public health team, will be held at Cleadon Park Library from 10am to 1pm. Staff from a range of organisations will be on hand to offer advice and information on mental health issues.
The theme of this year's awareness day is mental health and suicide prevention.
To complement the theme some mini workshops will be held around the theme of mental wellbeing and suicide. A talk will be given from Gordon Allen, whose wife, Sally Allen, took her own life due to mental health issues. The Sally Allen Fund was developed to help reduce stigma and raise awareness of mental health problems to create better mental health in the North East. The talk will be held between 10am and 11am at Cleadon Park Library.
People can also find out more about suicide prevention training from charity Washington Mind. 'A Life Worth Living' is a community focus training programme which aims to train people who are best placed in the heart of communities to offer support and information to people experiencing suicidal thoughts.
A free taster craft session is also being run by Arts4Wellbeing at the library between 11.35am and 12 noon where people can make fabric pumpkins. Arts4Wellbeing uses the arts to promote wellbeing through creativity, confidence building and social inclusion.
Spaces for the workshops are limited so places must be booked by emailing email@example.com
Councillor Tracey Dixon, Deputy Leader with responsibility for Independence and Wellbeing, said "It is a sad statistic that every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide.
"It is important that we raise awareness of this issue and work together to improve mental health. I would encourage people to come along to these sessions to find out how they can help themselves and others to enhance their mental wellbeing."