Customers and staff of Lancashire-based Progress Housing Group were encouraged to think about their mental health and wellbeing at a number of events for World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October).

The theme for this year’s event was ‘Dignity in Mental Health' and the Group held a number of events throughout the week that aimed to raise awareness of mental health issues and to encourage people to be more open about mental health, so they can seek support earlier.

The week’s events included a number of free advice sessions offering skills to cope with feelings of anxiety and panic through mindfulness and meditation techniques, to information sessions held by volunteers of the Alzheimer’s Society on its Dementia Friends programme, which is an initiative set up to change people’s perceptions of dementia.

Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways everyone can help; from telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme, to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts. You can find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend at: www.dementiafriends.org.uk   

“Initially I wasn’t going to go to the session as I thought I didn’t need to know about Mental Health. But I went along to one of the sessions and I had an open mind. I came, I saw, I relaxed.” Tenant Andrew Morris from Leyland

To find out more about Progress Housing Group and any of its upcoming events go to www.progressgroup.org.uk or contact us. 

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