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Calming crafts and relaxing exercises draw hundreds to SHout and About wellbeing events

Ruby and William White try their hand at mosaic-making
A total of 360 people attended two Healthy, Happy Minds events at Ayscoughfee Hall as part of South Holland District Council's SHout and About Wellbeing Week.

The events, last Thursday and Saturday (May 17 and 19), were organised to be part of National Mental Health Awareness week.
Participants were able to get information about services to support mental health, including drop-in support from local mental health support group 'Safe Places'.

They could also find out about self-care and stress management, and try activities for reducing stress and maintaining wellbeing, including: calming crafts; holistic therapies; mindfulness; guided relaxation; yoga; muscle relaxing exercise; gardening and music.

Councillor Gary Taylor, South Holland Council Portfolio Holder for Community and Facilities said that the focus of Mental Health Awareness Week this year was stress: "Research from the Mental Health Foundation has shown that over the past year, almost three quarters (74%) of people surveyed at some point felt so stressed they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope," he said.

"If we can help people to take care of themselves and manage their stress levels, we can prevent some of the serious mental health problems which have huge impact on both families and health and social care services in our communities."

SHout and About Quest is funded by Leisure in the Community and the South Holland District Council. It runs until July 1. People can still sign up to take part in the free activities and win great prizes.

The next SHout and About event is the Train Like a Jedi evening at Peele Leisure Centre, Long Sutton, on Friday (May 25).

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