An art exhibition in Middlesbrough is helping to throw the spotlight on the stigma of mental illness.
One in four people will experience mental health issues at some point in their life - that’s 35,000 people in Middlesbrough alone.
To highlight the issue, social inclusion group Middlesbrough Hearts & Minds is holding an awareness-raising event across the town centre on Thursday, September 15.
The Stamp Out Stigma - Positive Action on Mental Health event will run from 9.30am to 3pm.
Among those taking part will be artist Victoria Dektereff who suffered from mental health problems after a period of illness.
She subsequently found therapy through art and exercise, and is keen to spread the word to others who may feel they are suffering alone.
Victoria - who has her own Ministry of Creativity website and is an active supporter of Middlesbrough Hearts & Minds - will be launching her new Connectivity exhibition at Gallery TS1 in Corporation Road on the 27th of September at 4.30PM.
Tomorrow’s event - near House of Fraser, Debenhams and BHS – is open to all throughout the day and offers information, activities, boxing demos, health advice, massage, art, writing, a visit from Cleveland Fire Brigade and much more.
Middlesbrough Hearts & Minds - mental health social inclusion group for Middlesbrough
Hearts & Minds is a group of positive and committed individuals who meet every month to combat stigma surrounding mental health issues.
The group is open to all and features a mix of people with experience of mental health issues, staff from health and social care, the voluntary sector, minority and community groups.
Individual members who have ideas, contacts, or projects for partnership working can discuss them when the group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 1pm to 3pm at Middlesbrough Town Hall.
For further information on Middlesbrough Hearts & Minds, call Dawn Downey on 01642 649099 or Lol Butterfield on 01642 516027.