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Wigan marks World Mental Health Day
Thursday 11th October, 2012

Wigan marks World Mental Health Day
Matthew McQuillan from WLCT’s Active Living Team (Lft) takes participants at Wigan’s World Mental Health Day on a bike ride.

More than 100 people attended an event in Wigan this week to raise awareness of depression.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Active Living Team joined forces with the Richmond Fellowship to bring together 15 organisations at St Peter’s Pavilion in Hindley, on Wednesday 10 October, to raise awareness about the types of services available for people suffering with mental health issues.

Organised to coincide with World Mental Health Day the day was a chance for people to find out what services are available to them in the borough and to try out some fun events that can help combat depression, including hand massages and cycling.

One of the services was the Active Choices programme - delivered by Wigan Leisure Culture Trust's Active Living Team – it provides a diverse programme of activities for adults with mental illnesses, learning disabilities and, or, physical disabilities. The aim of Active Choices is to improve access and choice in order to get more people physically active in the borough.

Matthew McQuillan, from WLCT’s Active Living Team, said: “The day was a great success with more than 100 people attending. It’s helped to raise awareness of what services are available to people and strengthen links between those services.”

The Richmond Fellowship (RF) - has been operating specialist mental health services for 51 years and now operates over 120 services nationally.

Since 2000 it has been running the Wigan Dimensions Service - a Community Based Day Service for adults with mental health problems.

The Fellowships approach is based on people’s strengths, aspirations and support needs. The service is focused on social inclusion and the principles of recovery, offering co-ordinate support for employment, education, training, social activities, sports and leisure, arts, culture and spirituality.

Masseuse Mary Roberts from Serendipity, a Standish based Holistic therapies specialist, was from one of the many organizations who attended. She said: “Hand massages are a really great way of reducing stress and anxiety and ensuring a good night’s sleep, improving your mood and your sense of wellbeing.”

For more information on Active Choices visit www.getactivewiganandleigh.co.uk.

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