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From the 5th-12th October, it’s the 11th annual Epsom Mental Health and Well- Being Festival. It is perfect for anyone who has a passion and interest in psychological well-being to experience this Festival. The theme this year is Joys and Sorrows, which are two big things that we sometimes can struggle to accept in life, and that they can also run together at times. We hope that people who come to this Festival we be able to reflect on this idea and find some joy in the programme.

Some of the things you can look forward to being; An interactive workshop with Helen Keevil, Assistant Head, Pupil Welfare at Epsom College, on Saturday about striving for balance: well-being in schools, businesses, homes. Or maybe you’d rather listen to Alice Allen, a student counseller at Epsom college, about living with the pain of grief. Perhaps you can get your creative streak ignited with their Art competition, with three separate age groups, to win a 100-pound prize. This is open to absolutely anyone, and you can enter any art you like, you could paint, you could draw, you could make something out of pottery, or even a DVD as long as it reflects their ‘Joys & Sorrows’ theme.

On Sunday you are welcome to join us for an opportunity to ask the medical and mental health questions that have been on your mind with Dr Sarah Jarvis of The One Show and chaired by Dr Max Pemberton, Patron of Love Me Love My Mind. This is a valuable opportunity to get those questions out of your head, and hopefully help you in the time you are going through. That afternoon there is tea, and planting a tree in memory of Ghodsie Hardwick,

On Monday you can join us for creative lunch, drumming with Ray. Or how about sitting in with an identity discussion with Cynthia Page from Outline, conversing about the 33 gender types. However maybe you’re health and diet is more on your mind, and you will want to listen to the weekly drop-in Niki Den Hollander, on how we can healthily enjoy our food.

Tuesday is all about types of Mental Distress and time for carers. There is a talk of schizophrenia with Dr Antonio Fiahlo, followed by Dr Catherine Huckle, Clinical Psychologist, discussing bipolar disorder. Make sure you stick around for the beautiful Appleby Choir who will be showing us that you can have fun and live well with dementia, followed by a delightful Afternoon Tea. Who doesn’t love an afternoon tea?

Then we come to Wednesday, a hectic day but fulfilling, but some of the highlights are the talk of pets as therapy, Body & Brain and QiGong Taster Class with Sam Lee, and an Autism and ADHD talk with Dr Jeremy Mudunkotuwe.

Then there are three whole other days filled with more things happening, and we’d be here all day talking about them, and this was only a small selection out of the many fantastic events taking place. It would be great to see your face and experience this Festival with us. All events are free, open to everyone, with free refreshments throughout the week. Unless stated otherwise the activities will be held at St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom, KT19 8HA.

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