Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week returns with a series of events in the run-up to World Mental Health Day. These events are geared around ‘building understanding and sharing hope’ and are open to patients, service users, professionals, volunteers, carers and the general public. Everybody is welcome!
The events run from 4th-9th October and include a range of activities and sessions to encourage mental wellbeing and to provide information about local services. The awareness week aims to provide a safe environment in which stigma around mental health can be challenged. There are over two dozen sessions planned, all of which take place at Offington Park Methodist Church on South Farm Road in Worthing.
Activities include a reflexology taster session, an emotional wellness workshop, a craft afternoon, a film night and afternoon tea with a ‘Vintage Hollywood’ theme. There will also be open meetings on a variety of mental health topics as well as discussion groups and support sessions.
A broad cross-section of local organisations are involved, such as West Sussex Mind, Worthing Dementia Action Alliance, Worthing Town Cryers, Rethink, CAPITAL Project Trust, Worthing Samaritans and The Food Foundation. Pathfinder is hosting a session on Wednesday morning at 10am to highlight its role as a signposting hub for services in West Sussex.
Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week was founded in 2013 by Carol Barber and Bob Smytherman. It is an annual event held to coincide with World Mental Health Day which takes place on Sunday 10th October. Go here to see the full schedule of events.