Join our free, one-day event for tips to boost mental health and wellbeing
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A day of debates, interviews and workshops aimed at giving people advice on how to improve their mental health and wellbeing will be held by the EADT and Ipswich Star on May 12.
Our Welcome Back to Wellbeing event will see a series of virtual workshops take place, which people can watch and participate in free of charge.
It coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, and we'll be bringing together experts in the field to offer insight and advice.
We'll hear personal stories about experiences of mental ill health, and you'll have a chance to ask questions during many of these free sessions.
Post-lockdown anxiety, support for young people, and the importance of nutrition and exercise in maintaining good mental health will be among the topics covered. The programme will look at what we can learn from the last 12 months.
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Also confirmed is an early morning session starting at 8.30am on exercises you can do around the house that are specifically tailored towards good mental health and a lunchtime session, starting at noon, on breathing and relaxation.
Welcome Back to Wellbeing is run in conjunction with Suffolk County Council, sponsored by Beckett Investment Group, with support from Suffolk MIND. Home-Start Suffolk is also offering a number of sessions.
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Brad Jones, editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, said: "This will be a brilliant opportunity to share ideas on how we can all improve our mental health and wellbeing.
"After the last year, we all know mental health problems have intensified for so many people, and this won't magically end now that lockdown is easing. The need for help and support is likely to be greater than ever, and I am sure we will touch on areas relevant to everyone."
Stuart Keeble, Suffolk's director of public health, said: “The last 12 months have been challenging for so many people, often taking a toll on wellbeing as we balance the demands of everyday life against the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.
"This is an important opportunity to think about our mental health, what can help and what support is available when we need it.
"I’m delighted to support the one-day conference ‘Welcome back to wellbeing’ on 12 May as improving Suffolk people’s mental health is a priority for me and so many others, especially in the months ahead.
"The event has something for just about everyone, from parents and carers, young people, workers and those of all ages who live in Suffolk. By bringing together practical tips, inspirational speakers and fun activities, this event places mental health in the spotlight and I would encourage you to take this opportunity to join us.”
The event will begin at 8.30am with a 30-minute session exercises at home and finish at 4pm, with people able to log in and out depending on the sessions of most interest to them.
To sign up for the event visit the website to book a free ticket.