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Mental Health Awareness Week 13 – 19 May

This year the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May) is Body Image.

Our Food for All projects recognise the impact that body image can have on Mental Health and feel passionate about improving the way we think, feed, feel and talk about our bodies. We believe that no one should be upset or ashamed about their body.

We will be raising awareness in the Zion Community Resource Centre Café in Hulme (open Monday – Friday from 10am) and at our Pay What You Can Sessions in the following ways:

  • The food as always, will be bright, colourful and there will be a variety of choices with a wide variety of nutrients. Our Food for All projects model a ‘non-diet’ and intuitive approach to healthy eating. Long-term health means a long-term approach to healthy eating and not short-term diets. We aim to encourage body acceptance, but also take the potential health risks of poor nutrition into account.
  • On Tuesday 14 May Manchester Mind’s volunteer artist Demi will be facilitating an art drop-in at the Zion Centre Café between 12 – 2pm. We will be exploring ‘Body Image’ using colour and clay with body positive poetry as inspiration.
  • On Thursday 16 May – ABL will join us in the Café with their ‘Smoothie Bike’ and we will be celebrating how good it is to feel our bodies move. There will be the option of discreet health checks for participants or you can sign-up to their fitness programmes.

As always, mental health support documentation and advice will be available from our staff.

If you are hosting your own events don’t forget to think of us. Any monies raised provide vital funds for us to deliver services to local people experiencing mental health problems, including those most vulnerable through our Pay What You Can lunches, young people’s counselling and our drop-in advice sessions. Find out more about ways you can support our work.