Pupils raise awareness of mental health

CHILDREN at Hollesley primary school have designed eye-catching posters to raise awareness of mental health issues.The youngsters took part in a campaign run by Suffolk Coastal Primary Care Trust.

CHILDREN at Hollesley primary school have designed eye-catching posters to raise awareness of mental health issues.

The youngsters took part in a campaign run by Suffolk Coastal Primary Care Trust.

Now posters and poetry from the children, aged five to 11, will be used as part of a mobile exhibition to tour the rural parts of Suffolk Coastal and GP practices.

Amanda Jones, director of public health, said: ''I am delighted with the work that the children have produced depicting their view of the world and their feelings.

''We will use it to help promote events to be held in Felixstowe, Orford and Woodbridge in the week leading up to World Mental Health Day on Sunday, October 10.''

Information will be provided about local services to enable people to know where to go for help and support when they need it for themselves, family members, friends or neighbours.

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Age Concern, East Suffolk Mind, Suffolk Carers, health officers, the county council and Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust will be represented at two information days.

They will be from 10am to 4pm on October 6 at the Caretakers House, 26 High Road West, Felixstowe, and from 10am to 4pm on October 8 at Orford Town Hall.

On October 10, from 1.30pm to 4pm, Woodbridge library will have complementary therapy taster sessions, health walks, art and poetry, health information and promotion and local support and information services.

The Trust has obtained grants for people in rural areas to have free transport from Felixstowe Area Community Transport, telephone 01394 270339 and Orford Coastal Accessible Transport, telephone 01728 830516, to the events.

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