Perth & Kinross Wellbeing Festival 2014

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A jam packed programme of events across Perth and Kinross are planned for this year’s Wellbeing Festival. A week-long series of activities and initiatives will take place in Perth and the surrounding area from the Festival’s launch day, Monday 6 October.

Locality days where more focussed events will take place are planned for Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Crieff, Blairgowrie, Birnam & Dunkeld, Inchture, Kinross and Blair Atholl. Further information about what’s on offer including a programme of events for your local area is available on the Council’s website www. pkc.gov.uk/wellbeingfestival

The Festival has been timed to coincide with Mental Health week in the UK and World Mental Health Day on the 10 October. The annual event aims to highlight the impact poor mental wellbeing has on each of us, but also offers a positive message on the supports that are available.  The initiative will see the Council work with a number of its partners including NHS Tayside as well as local agencies to build on the success of last year’s event.

Highlights of the Festival include the official launch event in Perth Concert Hall; An arts and cultural programme themed on wellbeing; Health walks and a wide range of Live Active Leisure taster sessions; Parent and Toddler events that incorporate wellbeing activities for parents/carers and youngsters as well as Open Days with the various support providers.

The importance of wellbeing for workers will also be focussed on during the week. Large employers in the area will host a series of wellbeing lunchtime talks and free complementary therapy taster sessions will be made available to their employees.

In Perth an information drop-in centre and art exhibition will open to the public in the former West Mill Street Library. The centre will open at 2pm on 6 of October and remain open from 10am until 4pm every day until theFriday 10 of October. Everyone is welcome to come along, get information and take part in free activities and have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.

Convener of the Council’s Housing & Health Committee Councillor Dave Doogan commented:”It is a pleasure to be asked to officially open this high profile event which has been designed to bring together wellness resources activities and information about staying well in a positive celebration of active participation.

“The Festival  has been planned by a collaboration of different groups and partner organisations, including organisations that run projects across Perth and Kinross to support wellbeing and mental health. This will be a fun and entertaining week that promotes positive mental health and wellbeing and informs people about the groups and services available in this area who are promoting positive mental health in a modern world.”