£100s raised in aid of men­tal health char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

MORE than 100 pa­tients, families and car­ers came to­gether at a fes­ti­val aim­ing to high­light men­tal health is­sues and treat­ments.

The fete was or­gan­ised by stake­hold­ers of Cheshire and Wir­ral Part­ner­ship NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (CWP).

And more than £800 was raised for the trust’s ‘Chal­leng­ing Stigma’ campaign, which aims to tackle the stigma that can of­ten as­so­ci­ated with men­tal health.

The ‘Re­cov­ery Fes­ti­val’ took place at Lime Walk House and Gar­dens, on Vic­to­ria Road, Mac­cles­field, and dur­ing the day at­ten­dees en­joyed a range of ac­tiv­i­ties all about keep­ing fit – in­clud­ing Zumba, danc­ing, sports and gar­den­ing as well as find­ing out ad­vice about giv­ing up smok­ing and main­tain­ing a healthy diet. As­pir­ing Mary Berry’s also got pip­ing to try and come out on top in a cake dec­o­rat­ing com­pe­ti­tion and there was a DJ, face paint­ing and a bar­be­cue.

Christina Evans, CWP clin­i­cal ser­vice man­ager, said: “We wanted to host an event for peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­ence of men­tal health prob­lems that their families and car­ers could come along and en­joy too. The day high­lighted the broad range of re­cov­ery fo­cussed ac­tiv­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able to both peo­ple who use our ser­vices and their car­ers, in­clud­ing cour­ses at our Re­cov­ery Col­lege, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion sup­port and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.

“There was also a strong em­pha­sis on the im­por­tance of the re­la­tion­ship between good phys­i­cal health and men­tal well-be­ing with - in­clud­ing healthy smooth­ies which were an ab­so­lute treat!”

CWP is now into its third year of its Re­cov­ery Strat­egy, pro­vid­ing hope, con­trol and op­por­tu­ni­ties for all.

Phil Hough, carer and lived ex­pe­ri­ence ad­vi­sor, who helped co-or­di­nate the event, added: “The fes­ti­val feel was all part of the orig­i­nal plan­ning put for­ward by peo­ple who use CWP ser­vices.”

●» Phil Hough, carer, with Si­mon Hough, peer sup­port vol­un­teer.

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