Mental Health Awareness Week, from 8 to 14, May encourages people to take time to look after their mental wellbeing.
One in four people suffer from a mental health condition at any given time; importantly the week raises awareness of the actions everyone can take to improve their mental resilience.
We all know that being active is good for your health. But did you know it can also improve your mood, boost self-esteem and help you concentrate and sleep better too?
The good news is there’s plenty to do in Knowsley to help keep you active and make a positive difference to the way you feel.
Our parks and green spaces are great places to get active with miles of attractive walking and cycling paths- find out more about our Green Space Ranger activities in a park near you.
There’s also the Knowsley parkrun every Saturday in Stadt Moers Park, Whiston, starting at 9am. It’s a free to enter the timed 5k event that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get active outdoors. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a runner, jogger or walker, you‘ll be made to feel welcome by everyone involved. To take part in parkrun just visit the Knowsley parkrun website and register.
There are a range of year-round community and leisure activities in Knowsley, available in this useful guide which includes something for people of all ages and abilities.
Matthew Ashton, Knowsley Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said:
“Mental Health Awareness Week provides a great opportunity for us all to take a moment to reflect on what we could possibly do differently to help improve our mental wellbeing. Increasing our everyday activity is a simple but really effective way to boost your mood and improve the way you’re feeling, I’d encourage everyone to check out the range of activities available in Knowsley as you’re sure to find something which you’ll enjoy.”
More information about the week is available at: www.mentalhealth.org.uk