Organisations in Wolverhampton are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week this week (13 to 19 May) with a range of free events and activities.

People will be able to join local health and wellbeing organisations in the Mander Centre, near New Look, for free support and family activities between 10am and 4pm from Tuesday to Thursday (14 to 16 May).

Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group will be hosting the sessions with support from a range of local organisations including the Carer Support Team, Black Country Prenatal Service, Spurgeons Young Carers, Thrive into Work, The Haven and Wolves Foundation’s Head4Health scheme.

Starfish health and wellbeing social hub are also hosting a week free events, including a mood boosting Cooking Club at Firsbrook House today (Monday 13 May) from 1pm to 3pm and Express Yourself at Central Library tomorrow (Tuesday 14 May) from 3pm to 4.30pm.

There’s a chance to chat over a cuppa at Tea and Talk on Tuesday 14 May 11am to 12pm at Oasis Cafe, Pendeford, and 1pm to 2pm at the Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, and on Wednesday 15 May 10.30am to 11.30am at Sainsburys Cafe, Bentley Bridge. 

People can Choose to Change and Beat the Blues on Wednesday 15 May from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at K Teas Cakes on St George’s Parade to talk about mental health while enjoying free cakes, or relax with thought provoking and feel good films at 52a Bridge Street, Bilston, on Thursday 16 May from 2pm. 

To conclude the week, the Samaritans will be hosting a mental health talk on Friday 17 May at Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley Street, at 1.45pm. 

HeadStart Wolverhampton will be providing specific support for young people aged 10 to 16 years. The 5 year programme, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, has thousands of free support resources curated, verified and designed to support young people’s emotional wellbeing in fun and engaging ways. Follow @HeadStartFM on Facebook and Twitter, or visit HeadStart for updates throughout Mental Health Awareness Week. 

John Denley, the City of Wolverhampton Council Director of Public Health, said “We are delighted to support Mental Health Awareness Week again this year. There are a wide range of fantastic events planned by local organisations to support Wolverhampton residents and encourage positive wellbeing.”

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, led by the Mental Health Foundation, is themed around Body Image - how we think and feel about our bodies. For more details, please visit Mental Health Foundation or search for #BeBodyKind on Twitter.