stmarysmindfullnessfeteA public event is being held at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week (11-17 May) and everyone is welcome.

A ‘Mindfulness Fete’ is being held by the Hospital’s duck pond to highlight the positive steps people can take to boost their mental wellbeing. Mindfulness is a technique which can be practised standing, sitting, walking or laying down and which helps people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, people are better able to manage them. It can also help to change the way people think and feel about their life experiences.

The Island’s Mental Health Services use Mindfulness techniques in every day clinical practice within the inpatient and community teams and will be holding mini sessions at the event. A representative from most areas of the service will be running an activity associated with mental health and there will be music, games, refreshments a cake stall and raffle as well as a ‘recovery tree’ provided by the staff from the Mental Health Occupational therapy team. Members of the public will be invited to write on a leaf, a word or phrase about what recovery means for them.

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Karen Webb, Ward Sister, Osborne Ward, Sevenacres Mental Health Unit, said:

“We are really excited to be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week this year. The theme is Mindfulness and we hope the event will not only raise awareness of what Mindfulness is and the techniques we can all learn to use but also raise awareness of the Island’s mental health services and help break down some of the stigma associated with mental health. This event is for everyone to enjoy.”

Mindfulness is already known to be successful in helping people with mental and physical health problems, from stress, depression and anxiety to chronic pain, eating disorders and concentration. It can also boost your productivity at work and give a greater enjoyment of life.

The IoW NHS Trust is grateful to Public Health for supporting this event and to Coast and Country for kindly donating a marquee for the Fete.

Parking is limited and usual charges apply. It is advisable to use public transport where possible.

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