Starfish Wolverhampton Social Hub, the community-based mental health preventative service, is organising a series of themed sessions and activities to mark this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
The Hub offers a wide range of activities across Wolverhampton aimed at improving people’s social health and mental wellbeing, with nine free activities planned including a fun day, stress management sessions and creative writing and art competitions. The full programme is as follows:
- Create and Talk art competition, design your own stress ball; Firsbrook House, Whitmore Reans, Monday 14 May from 2.30-3.30pm.
- Beat the Blues, focusing on stress management and ways to reduce stress; Sainsbury’s Cafe, Wednesfield, Tuesday 15 May from 1.30pm-3pm.
- Creative writing competition, create a short story about stress; Central Library, Wolverhampton, Tuesday 15 May, 4pm-5.30pm.
- Choose to Change, focusing on stress management and ways to reduce stress; St Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton, Wednesday 16 May, 10.30am-noon.
- Mental Health Week Coffee and Chat, talk about stress and all things mental health over coffee or tea; Central Library, Wolverhampton, Wednesday 16 May, 12.30pm-2pm.
- Cookery session, bake cookies and cakes for the Mental Health Fun Day; 52a Bridge Street, Bilston, Thursday 17 May, 10am-noon.
- Mental Health Fun Day, featuring games, quizzes and refreshments; 2a Bridge Street, Bilston, Thursday 17 May, 1pm-4.30pm.
- Drama, create a short stress-related roleplay; Newhampton Arts Centre, Friday 18 May, 10.30am-noon.
- Mental Health Week drop-in, information and advice, and announcing the winners of the art and short story competitions; Newhampton Arts Centre, Friday 18 May, 1pm-4pm.
Commissioned by the City of Wolverhampton Council and delivered by Starfish Health and Wellbeing, Starfish Wolverhampton Social Hub aims to tackle social isolation and loneliness and alleviate mental distress by encouraging people to engage in meaningful activities and enjoy positive social support.
Starfish Wolverhampton Social Hub Lead Arti Kainth said: “We offer a programme of activities where socialising is the focus because this builds confidence and self-esteem. If you feel lonely, isolated, anxious, low in mood, or lack confidence in socialising then make that first step today by getting in contact with us, and please join us for one of our many Mental Health Awareness Week events.”
Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 14-20 May and is organised by the Mental Health Foundation. For more information, please visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk.