Mental Health Awareness Week 8th-14th May

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May) with this year’s theme being ‘Thriving or Surviving’.  For our guest blog we have the privilege of welcoming Sian from Support to Recovery (S2R )to tell us about the exciting activities and events they have going on.

S2R have recentlyS2R relocated to “Create Space” in Brook Street, Huddersfield town centre, which is proving to be the ideal space for our fun and interactive workshops.   Set over 6 floors it follows three themes – Wellbeing, Creativity and Environment.  We have gallery and exhibition space, plus a refreshment area and an outside space.  It is well worth calling in as a glance through the window can only give a hint of all that is on offer.   Anyone over the age of 16 can come and enjoy our sessions (14 if accompanied by a responsible adult).

Crafts

For Mental Health Awareness Week we have planned activities from soap making to relaxation taster sessions.  There is also an open invitation to try out some of our regular sessions which include textile crafts, mosaic club and Carer’s Create.  You can take the opportunity to check out our allotment in Birkby or attend a Spring Weekend Wellbeing Session.  All sessions are planned to promote positive mental health and independence, giving people the opportunity to gain confidence, skills and make appropriate new friends.

The highlight of our Mental Health week celebrations is a live music night on Friday 12th May. There is music from 3 local bands, all of whom are giving their time for free. A hot supper is included thanks the Leanne Baker Trust, another local mental health charity that S2R works with regularly.  There will be mocktails and other non- alcoholic drinks from our Dry Bar.  We want to give people a chance to have a fun night out and relax in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

We also provide lots of opportunities to volunteer.  If you are interested in volunteering with S2R pop in and have a chat with our lovely staff who will try to match you with an opportunity you will enjoy and benefit from.

And remember we have lots of similar activities every week – not just for one week a year.  All local people are welcome to come and try new things, gain skills and confidence.  Every day we see remarkable changes in people.  It really is a fab place to work, volunteer or visit. You are welcome to call in for information and advice.   Below are some comments which highlight the positive difference we are making to people’s lives.

The staff were super clued up on dealing with people with mental health issues and the class was amazing, affordable and engaging.  Would recommend for anyone who is suffering from mental health issues, fancies a brew and a natter or just wants to buy some amazing art work!

Everyone is so understanding, encouraging and supportive, this includes staff, volunteers and other members! Every town should have a S2R! I honestly cant rave about this place enough.  Thank you guys, from the bottom of my heart.  I don’t know if I’d still be here without you xx

To find out more please visit our website www.s2r.org.uk or call 01484 539531.  You can book and pay for any of our courses on line.   We would love to see you at S2R so please feel free to call in for a chat at any time.  Our address is; S2R Create Space, 5-7 Brook Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1EB

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