To mark World Mental Health Day, residents across the borough are invited to join the Wokingham Wellbeing Conference on 10 October, at the Holiday Inn, Winnersh Triangle. The event, which is now in its third year, is set to be bigger and better than ever.
The event, which has been organised by the Wellbeing in Wokingham Action Group (WIWAG), will focus on wellbeing, emotional health and mental health matters. Wokingham Borough Mayor, Cllr Bill Soane, will be on hand to deliver a speech highlighting the importance of mental health and why it matters to the local community.
There will be several key note speakers on hand giving talks on sleep, nutrition, self-limiting thoughts and the importance of exercise, including a ‘Benefits of physical activity in a busy world’ talk from Glenn Goudie, who works in Wokingham Borough Council’s sports & leisure team.
In addition, several workshops will take place across the day including; Mindfulness, Seated Yoga, Real Life Story of Addiction and Recovery, EFT, Laughter Yoga and Building Personal Resilience. There will also be a dedicated area for children and young people's wellbeing and mental health. Speakers will be on hand to discuss topics such as; Social Media and Your Child and The Teenage Brain.
“I very much look forward to attending the Wokingham Wellbeing Conference. It is incredibly encouraging to see local people working together to raise awareness for mental health and wellbeing,” said Wokingham Borough Mayor, Cllr Bill Soane.
Anne-Marie Gawen, chair of the Wellbeing in Wokingham Action Group, added: “We live in an incredibly busy society and our emotional wellbeing is so important. Events like the Wokingham Wellbeing Conference are crucial as we bring communities together and work to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health conditions.”
In the run up to the event, people have also been invited to sign-up to WIWAG’s walking challenge, whereby residents are encouraged ‘to walk our way to Norway’. This has been organised to raise money for the Wokingham Wellbeing Conference.
Attendees are also invited to join the ‘Wellbeing Walkway’ which features a variety of stands all aimed at improving wellbeing, showcasing ways for you to live a great life. All refreshments including lunch are included, as well as a free prize draw and some other wonderful surprises. Local sponsors include; Cordell Health, Healthwatch Wokingham, Optalis, Trouble Sleeping and Winnersh Triangle
If you would like to take a stand or sponsor the event, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org