Mental Health Awareness week is quickly approaching, please see below a newsletter from the Derbyshire Mental Health Forum detailing different events happening throughout the week.

Mental Health Awareness Week is coming up and the theme for this year is ‘loneliness’.

Everyone feels lonely from time to time – loneliness can affect anyone and the recent pandemic has increased a lot of people’s feelings of being alone.

Feeling lonely or isolated can have a negative impact on your mental health – especially if these feelings go on for a long time. So it’s really important that we all work together to help tackle it.

Below we have put together a list of sessions, events and projects going on in your area across Mental health Week and on an ongoing basis. Please promote, share and support where you can!

Sessions and Events

Monday 9 May


Mentell (11am) Virtual 
Mentell opens up the discussion around loneliness and reconnecting through a virtual session. Open to all men and women. The webinar will be run over zoom. To register and find out more information, please follow this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TJcc68_qTUeMN_X3aDX0tg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Compassionate Voices (2.30pm – 4pm)
Sharon from Compassionate Voices will be sharing her story, talking about loneliness and snippets from her new book ‘Thirty Years in Silence’. She will also answer questions about the Compassionate Voices Community, Dunelm Pausa regional hubs and The Power of YOU Workshop. Based at The Hub at Low Pavements, 61 – 63 Low Pavements, Chesterfield, S40 1PB.
Register your free place here: https://www.acompassionatevoice.co.uk/events/the-hub-chesterfield/

Tuesday 10th May


WEA: Walking and Talking (1pm-3pm)

A companionable walk enjoying local scenery around Holmebrook Valley Park with Alastair Clark. Meet outside the Holmebrook Valley Park café, Chesterfield S41 8XP. For more information and availability to book a place on the session please contact WEA on 0300 303 3464 (option 1) or visit www.wea.org.uk. Places will be available to book from Wednesday 23rd March. Course reference number C2347313 and PIN 33631 to enrol on the session.


Compassionate Voices (6.15pm – 7.30pm) 

Sharon from Compassionate voices will be sharing her passion to help others through her lived experiences and encouraging others to do the same. Sharon talks about times in her life when feeling isolated and sacred.  She will also answer questions about the Compassionate Voices Community and how you can be involved. Based at the Pausa Café, Dunelm, Spires Retail Park, Chesterfield, S40 2WG.
Register your free place here: https://www.acompassionatevoice.co.uk/events/chesterield-pausa-cafe/

Wednesday 11th May

Rethink Support Cafe (10.30am-12.30noon)
Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service are hosting a drop in support café. Open to everyone who would like advice, guidance, and support about all aspects of their mental health. Based at The Hub at Low Pavements, 61 – 63 Low Pavements, Chesterfield, S40 1PB. Please contact 01773 734 989 for more information. No need to book. Cupcakes available!

Renew well being Café (10.00am-1.30pm)
Renew Cross Street – wellbeing cafe on the ground floor of Chesterfield Baptist Church, Cross Street, Chesterfield S40 4ST. Known as ‘quiet, shared spaces where it’s ok not to be ok’, Renew Wellbeing cafes are springing up all over the country. We open every Wednesday 10:00am – 1:30pm for chat, shared hobbies and company, or for just sitting quietly with a cuppa and cake. Pop in for a few minutes or stay for the duration. For further info, email RenewCrossStreet@gmail.com or leave a voicemail on the church phone: 01246 221105.

Thursday 12th May


WEA: Confronting Loneliness with Shaun Kennedy (2.15pm-4.15pm) Virtual session. 
For more information and availability to book a place on the session please contact WEA on 0300 303 3464 (option 1) or visit www.wea.org.uk. Course reference number C2347314 and PIN 61345 to enrol on the session.
Friday 13th May


Meet the WEA: The Social and Personal Benefits of Learning – with Carole Rawson (11.45am-12.45noon) Virtual session. 

No need to book. Join the Zoom Meeting at the identified time: https://the-wea.zoom.us/j/97209098427?pwd=TzU3b2crTlc2eGRTWHdpM29qZTE5dz09

Saturday 14th May

Think Fest! (10am-4pm)
ThinkFest! is back! We are bringing you Derbyshire’s Mental Health Festival and it will be bigger and better than ever! A full day of live music and entertainment in the town centre and the market stalls filled with local support services ranging from peer support groups, activity groups and charities. All the information in one place that you need to learn how to look after your mental health and wellbeing. The event is free of charge, so come down and enjoy a day dedicated to showing that Derbyshire cares about Mental Health.
Location: New Square, Chesterfield Town Centre, S40 1AH.
No need to book, just turn up on the day.
For more information please contact georgiabirdfoundaiton@gmail.com

Throughout May

Derby’s Walking Festival 2022
With a wide variety of in person, self-guided, virtual and walking sports, there’s something for everyone.
Find local walks at Derby walking festival | Move More Derby

Ongoing projects in your community

There are lots of projects across Derbyshire that are helping to tackle loneliness and improve social connections. Find out what is happening in your local area by visiting the following link:

https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health-and-wellbeing/tackling-loneliness/tackling-loneliness.aspx

Please spread the word and share and support these great events and projects.

Best wishes,
Derbyshire Mental Health Forum

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