May 10 2013

‘Getting Physical’ To Support Mental Health Awareness Week, 13-19 May 2013

Stockton Borough Council is ‘getting physical’ in a bid to support Mental Health Awareness Week which takes place between Monday 13 and Sunday 19 May 2013.

The Council has a variety of events, including guided walks, cycle rides, sporting classes and gym sessions, which aim to get people active – a proven way of helping mental health by improving mood, increasing levels of relaxation and generally making people feel happier.

Cllr Jim Beall, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, said: “Looking after your mental health is as important as taking care of yourself physically. By becoming more active, you not only get the physical benefits of exercise but you’re likely to feel better in yourself too.

“As well as Mental Health Week, events take place throughout the year to help introduce you to different activities. You’ll find all the events are welcoming, great fun, run by experienced leaders and open to absolute beginners – not only will they improve your mood and fitness but you’re likely to make new friends too. We hope to see you soon.”


Tuesday 14 May

Easy Riders Cycling 11.15am The Hub, Stockton Borough Council

To book, please call 01642 803441.


Stockton No Strings Badminton 6-8pm Queens Campus Sports Centre, Thornaby

£3 per person, no need to book and all equipment.


Thursday 16 May

Stockton No Strings Badminton 6-8pm Queens Campus Sport Centre, Thornaby

£3 per person, no need to book and all equipment provided.


Friday 17 May

Silver Cyclists (over 50s cycle ride) 10am – The Hub, Stockton Borough Council

To book, please call 01642 803441.


Saturday 18 May

Tees Barrage Park Run 9am Tees Barrage International White Water Course

Visit the website at www.parkrun.org.uk/teesbarrage/

Sunday 19 May

Guided Cycle Ride, Saltburn Spinner (Grade 3 ride, moderate difficulty)

10.30 – 3.30pm Tees Barrage International White Water Course. To book, please call 01642 803441.


There are also a variety of classes and groups to get involved with including the Women’s Running Network (www.womensrunninguk.co.uk/aboutus.obyx) and Tees Active (www.teesactive.co.uk) gym. There is also a guide available providing information on how you and your family can get active and experience the variety of wildlife the Borough has to offer. The Guide is available at www.stockton.gov.uk/resources/leisure/14776/northteesnaturally/

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Stockton Borough Council will be working with staff to ensure they are taking care of their mental health – through schemes to encouraging exercise and activity, as well as health and well-being checks.

There is additional support available in the Tees Valley . TEWV provide a self referral service called Talking Therapies for Teesside for more information, please visit www.tewv.nhs.uk/talkingtherapies

Information about MIND, the mental health charity, is also available at    www.middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk/

Further information can be found on Stockton Borough Council’s dedicated Mental Health Awareness week website visit www.stockton.gov.uk/events/mentalhealthawarenessweek2013

Or contact Harry Wearing, Assistant Marketing Officer (Public Health) at harry.wearing@stockton.gov.uk or tel: 01642 524973