Worthing Mayor supports mental health awareness

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WORTHING’S first mental health awareness week will be launched on Monday (October 7).

The initiative is the brainchild of mayor Bob Smytherman, whose three charities this year are Worthing and Arun Mind, Worthing Alzheimer’s Society and Guild Care, all connected with mental health issues.

The week long event will begin with a series of talks, from the Samaritans, Sussex Police and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

On Tuesday two free workshops will be held at Offington Park Methodist Church, Broadwater Green.

Food and Mood will run from 10-11.30am and Art for Relaxtion will take place from 2.15-3.45pm.

Guild Care will hold a coffee morning at Worthing Town Football Club from 10am to 12noon on Thursday, for people living with dementia and their families.

This will be an opportunity for people to receive advice, guidance and practical support from a wide range of organisations such as Good Neighbours, RVS, the Hope Group, Age UK Dementia Group, Home Care, Time Out and About/Therapy Sessions by Guild Care, Alzheimer’s Society and Crossroads.

Other highlights include a screening of The Way, a 12A film about a father’s journey in coming to terms with his adult son’s death which will be shown at the methodist church on Friday (October 11) at 7.30pm, and two concerts which will raise money for the Mayor’s charities.

Councillor Smytherman said: “I am really keen to increase local awareness of mental health issues and, with the help of local organisations, have organised the first Worthing mental health awareness week.

“This is a very special week centred around World Mental Health Day on October 10, whose theme this year is mental health and older adults. People can follow the activities during the week on the dedicated Twitter account @_coolmayor”

For more details go to www.worthingmayorscharities.co.uk