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18 May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Last week (8 to 14 May) was Mental Health Awareness Week, a national campaign coordinated by the Mental Health Foundation, to help shed stigma around the topic. The theme this year was ‘Surviving or Thriving?’
At NCHA we have several different mental health projects as part of the Care and Support side of our business, and so this was an important week for us and there were numerous activities going on in our projects to mark the week.

All Saints

All Saints is a mental health supported housing project based in Radford, Nottingham.

Staff and service users from All Saints enjoyed a game of football at John Carroll Leisure Centre to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. Everyone involved enjoyed the opportunity to come together as a team. There was also a BBQ for all the service users to mingle and eat together. There was a great turn out and lots of new people met for the first time.

Bridge Street

Bridge Street in Shepshed, Leicestershire, is a supported housing project helping people with mental health needs live independently in the community.

Tenants, staff and the local Police Officer enjoyed a basketball tournament at Bridge Street, followed by a bacon sandwich brunch. The sun came out for the event and a leisurely morning in the garden was enjoyed by all. Two cinema tickets were up for grabs and after a tense final a surprising but well-deserved winner was announced, tenant David. David is now looking forward to watching a thriller at the cinema, something he has not done in a very long time.

Dale Street

Dale Street in Sneinton, Nottingham, is a supported housing project for people aged 18+ with enduring mental health needs.

Staff at Dale Street organised a garden party on Friday afternoon to celebrate mental health awareness week. Service users had the chance to meet new people and take part in various activities such as table tennis, swing ball and board games. Thankfully the sun was shining and everyone left with a smile on their face.

Lombard Street

At Lombard Street in Newark we provide supported housing accommodation and support for people experiencing, or for people who have enduring mental health problems.

It was a busy week for service users at Lombard Street with activities planned every day of the week:

  • Monday – bowling followed by dinner out at the local pub
  • Tuesday – baking session
  • Wednesday – coffee morning and fancy dress (pictured)
  • Thursday – zen and mindful art session followed by a visit from Jasper the Pets As Therapy dog
  • Friday – quiz night
  • Saturday – discussion on celebrities with mental health issues
  • Sunday – a full day of films with a light hearted mental health themes, such as Inside Out.

Midworth Street

Midworth Street is a service which provides housing and support to vulnerable adults and adults with a mental health diagnosis throughout Ashfield and Mansfield.

Service users at Midworth Street enjoyed the opportunity to have ‘tea and talk’ in the garden with a picnic included. The picnic was themed a ‘mad hatters tea party’ and service users enjoyed the opportunity to help prepare the food, including making blue and green bread, cookies with a see-through window made from melted boiled sweets, and usual flavoured crisps. The weather was glorious and it was nice for everyone to have the chance to get together and talk.

Palmwood Court

Palmwood Court in Bulwell, Nottingham, provides services for people with mental health difficulties between the ages of 18-65 years.

Staff and service users at Palmwood Court took photos of themselves holding up four fingers to represent the fact that approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

Stephanie Lodge

Stephanie Lodge in Radford, Nottingham, offers supported accommodation to people 18 & over needing a short period of intensive support, after a stay on a psychiatric ward.

On Friday staff and service users held a ‘tea and talk’ coffee morning, where they all had the opportunity to chat and create a ‘surviving and thriving tree’ complete with quotes (pictured). The following evening a social event was held with music and karaoke which was very successful.

Find out more from the Mental Health Foundation here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

Photos


Service users at All Saints sign MHA (mental health awareness).


The local police officer joins in at the basketball tournament at Bridge Street.


Service users at Dale Street enjoy playing games at the garden party.


Service users at Lombard Street during their fancy dress coffee morning


The 'mad hatters tea party' picnic at Midworth Street.


Staff and service users at Palmwood Court.


Service users at Stephanie Lodge created a 'surviving and thriving' tree