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Proud to celebrate mental health awareness week

IMG 0037NEW2Our Trust is proud to be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week, 13 – 19th May, the theme of which is body image, by organising a full week of activities and events.

Various activities will be taking place during the week including: a week long twitter campaign providing daily tips about maintaining good mental health and wellbeing; Wolverhampton’s Health Minds service is providing stress awareness workshops and training to local businesses; Penn Hospital is holding an interactive event in their main reception;  and staff are attending Sandwell College to offer advice to students.

We all know how exercise and the outdoors improves our mental health, which is why last night staff held a football tournament, taking to the pitches to have a kick about not only to improve their own mental wellbeing, but also to raise funds for the Trust’s charity. And if that isn’t enough on Friday evening a two hours zumbathon is taking place which will see even more money being raised for the Trust’s charity.

Also, on Friday we are holding a Facebook live body image question and answer session, jointly with colleagues from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust. Members of the public are invited to tune into our Facebook live session @BCPFT or @DWMHNHS, on Friday between 1pm – 2pm to ask our experts any questions, and also find out about top tips for creating and maintaining a positive relationship with their body.

Body image has been chosen as the Mental Health Foundation’s awareness raising theme this year following research which identified that around one-third of British teenagers feel ashamed of their body, and following a survey carried out on their behalf that the same number of young people have changed their eating habits in an effort to change the way they look.