Introduction to Mental Health Awareness

Anxiety. Depression. Stress. Self Harm. Suicide. Addiction. Grief.

These are all words that we will be familiar with. Maybe we've suffered with them ourselves, or know someone who has. It's believed that 1 in 4 adults in the UK will experience some form of mental health issue at some point in their lives. And yet despite it being so common, there is still a lot of stigma around these issues. We don't talk about them as much as we should and as a result when we are suffering, we tend to stay quiet about it.

My goal with Compass Rose was to create a platform that engages with people and gets the conversation about mental health started. As part of this I'm running an interactive workshop on mental health awareness, on Sunday April the 30th at Darley Abbey Village Hall, Derby. The workshop will look at what we mean by mental health and explore the most common issues faced. I'll be looking at how these issue affect us, how they can originate and the impact they have on us. I'll be looking at the barriers that get in the way of seeking help and support, and why it can be so difficult to change our mindset or overcome the way we feel. And I'll be looking at ways which you can manage these issues.

The workshop is designed to be useful for both people suffering from mental health issues, those who support people with these issues or people who might have friends or family that do. It is a mixture of relevant up to date research in neuroscience (without the complicated sciencey language) and developments in psychotherapy, presented in a way that combines activities, demonstrations and my own experiences. And pictures of dogs. Because why not?

The workshop is free, but places are limited due to the venue size so booking is advised (also so I know how many to do refreshments for). For more information, if you have any questions you would like to ask and to book please email

The venue is at :

Darley Abbey Village Hall

Abbey Yard

Darley Abbey


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