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

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Dignity in mental health' and Progress Housing Group are holding a number of events throughout the week that aim 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 will include a free advice session offering skills to cope with feelings of anxiety and panic through mindfulness and meditation techniques to be held on Thursday (8 October) from 2-3.30pm at The Base community centre in Leyland.

There will also be 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. These sessions will be held on Wednesday (7 October) from 10-11.30am at Progress Housing Group’s offices on Kilnhouse Lane in St Annes and on Thursday (8 October) from 10-11.30am at the Leyland office on King Street.

At Progress Housing Group we are committed to the wellbeing of our staff and residents. Participating in World Mental Health Day is a great way for staff and residents to learn more about mental health and the simple steps they can take to improve their own and others’ wellbeing, from talking to friends and neighbours, keeping mentally fit and physically active, enjoying the environment and helping each other. Sian Coulton, Senior Community Involvement Manager at Progress Housing Group

For more information on Progress Housing Group’s World Mental Health Day event, please contact Progress Housing Group’s Community Involvement Team on 03333 204555 or email

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