COVENTRY & WARWICKSHIRE WELLBEING FOR LIFE FESTIVAL GOES DIGITAL

A digital celebration of wellbeing aims to highlight the importance of mental health – particularly in the current climate.

Warwickshire and Coventry residents can enjoy this year’s Wellbeing for Life festival from the safety of their homes from September 7 to 11.

Following on from the success of last year’s festival, our partner Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust’s (CWPT) YouTube channel will be taken over by a series of videos dedicated to looking after your mental health and wellbeing.

Volunteers from mental and physical health services will deliver videos ranging from service information, pilates and art sessions, to help and advise around mental health and emotional wellbeing and promotion of local support services.

World Suicide Prevention Day also coincides with the festival week on September 10, a day for organisations and communities to come together to help create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

There will also be focused sessions online to raise awareness of help and support available and to promote the suicide prevention site www.dearlife.org.uk. The site provides a range of support and signposting to vital services for residents desperately seeking support for themselves or others.

CWPT Chief executive Simon Gilby said: “This year has taught us more than anything the importance of good health and wellbeing in our lives. We hope the Wellbeing for Life festival will inform you about the services that can help you to maintain a good mental wellbeing.

“This festival has been developed with partners across Coventry and Warwickshire to raise awareness of the local support available to residents. Please enjoy the festival and help us share the messages which I hope will benefit you.”

Warwickshire County Councillor and wellbeing spokesman Les Caborn added: “Our support for World Suicide Prevention Day is a part of the council’s ongoing commitment to working with our partners to reducing the rates and providing better support for those bereaved by suicide.

“Every death by suicide is a tragedy and impacts families, friends and the wider community. The ‘Wellbeing for Life festival’ is a reminder that there is support available for you. If you need help or know someone who does, I urge you to visit dearlife.org.uk which has been carefully constructed to help you find support, provide lifesaving steps and advice in maintaining good mental health.”

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