Stone based Workshops to help raise awareness of mental health and dementia

A series of events are set to take place this month (May) to mark weeks dedicated to mental health and dementia in Stafford Borough.

The workshops, hosted by the Borough Council, will take place over two weeks starting on May 8 with a Wellbeing Fair at the Stone Community Hub from 10.30am until 12.30pm for Mental Health Awareness Week.

The fair aims to give people support if they are suffering from mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.

A second Wellbeing Fair will be held the following week on May 16 from 10.30am until 12.30pm in aid of Dementia Awareness Week.

Over the two weeks there will be a number of activities including ‘Walking for Health’, a free photography and poetry workshop and a ‘Knit and Natter’ event.

Howard Thomas, Head of Environmental Health at the Borough Council said:

“The two weeks of activities aims to make people within the Borough more aware of dementia and mental health.

“We also hope the events will get people thinking about their own health and wellbeing, as well as others to highlight the help and support available across the Borough.”

One in four people every year are affected by mental health every year, with nine out of 10 people saying they have faced negative treatment.

Mental health week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation and takes place from Monday, May 8 until Sunday, May 14. Dementia awareness week takes place from Sunday, May 14 until Saturday, May 20.

For further information on the workshops visit www.staffordhealth.com or email health@staffordbc.co.uk.