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Epsom Mental Health Week 2019 – Round-up

Thanks to the organisers at Love Me Love My Mind for running this year’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Festival in Epsom, Surrey. It was another great and worthwhile event and it’s fantastic to see open and honest discussion taking place about Mental Health.

It’s important to have events like these to break down barriers and taboos open psychological well-being.

Epsom is only a short hop away from our clinic in Banstead so we always try to get along to as many of the events as we can.

This year’s theme was Joys & Sorrows and there were more than 100 events spread across 20 venues in Epsom and Ashstead. Venues ranged from St Barnabas’s Church to Epsom College to McDonalds so there was a great variety of places and locations to make it easy for people to attend.

Here are some of the sessions that particularly caught our eye:

Mental Health for girls” was a talk hosted by Ben Blackman from CYP Haven. We’re particularly interested in this topic as, coincidentally, we are all mothers of girls ourselves and we do treat a lot of teenagers and young adults who have anxiety issues at this particularly challenging time of life.

Continuing the theme of young people’s well-being Helen Keevil, Assistant Head at Epsom College, presented an interactive workshop entitled “Striving for balance: well-being in schools, businesses, homes….

On the Sunday Dr Max Pemberton, Patron of Love Me Love My
Mind, chaired a panel discussion “An opportunity to ask the medical and mental health questions that have been on your mind…” which was attended by none other than The One Show’s Dr Sarah Jarvis.

It wasn’t all talking though and there were 5-a-side football and circuit training events at the Pound Lane recreation ground and a choral session by the Appleby Choir – showing that you can have fun and live well with dementia.

Two talks other talks close to our hearts were the Autism and ADHD with Dr Jeremy Mudunkotuwe and the Pets As Therapy sessions. In fact these two topics could possibly be linked as we know first hand of the therepeutic effect that pets can have on children who are on the autisitic spectrum or who have ADHD.

There were too many sessions to cover them all here. All in all it was another great success and we’d urge anyone interested in Mental Health and Psychology to get along to next year’s Epsom Mental Health and Wellbeing Festival in October 2020.

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