Sheffield Mind raising profile for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mind Sheffield is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week by hosting various events around the city this week.

Sheffield Mind is an independent charity, with over 170 branches across England and Wales, which are affiliated to Mind nationally. The local branch opened in 1971.

Based in Sharow, Lawton Togue House is home to many counsellors, volunteers and management for the charity.

The charity gives support to people with mental health issues, helps with hosing issues and provides information about mental illnesses. A Board of Trustees governs Sheffield Mind with services delivered by a team of staff and around 50 volunteers.

This week, Mind has planned a few events for the public to attend. On Wednesday afternoon the charity hosted a Bhangra Blaze taster session at Springboard, St. Mary’s to raise the profile of mental health and the work that they do in the city.

The press manager of Sheffield Mind, said: “As we know, good mental and physical well being go hand in hand and learning new skills can help increase our confidence and introduce us to new people.”

On Friday afternoon, Mind is holding a public team talk at the Virgin Lounge for anyone to come and ask questions and get involved. Talking to Jo Charles, a counsellor at the local charity, said: “It’s important to raise the awareness of mental health, especially this week. We encourage people to come and speak up”.

All the up to date information about Sheffield Mind’s mental health awareness week and actives, go to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SheffieldMind/?ref=br_tf

 

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Emilie Jennings

Journalism Student

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