Stockton Council is 'getting physical' in a bid to support World Mental Health Day which takes place on 10 October.
The Council is working in partnership with Tees Active to offer free gym and exercise taster sessions at Splash Leisure Centre from Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 October.
World Mental Health Day, which takes place on Friday 10th October, helps to raise public awareness about mental health issues. It is a day for global mental health education and awareness and this year will focus on Schizophrenia, a condition that affects around 26 million people across the world.
The new gym sessions can help support people experiencing mental health problems to lead healthy lifestyles and be physically active - a proven way of helping mental health by improving mood, increasing levels of relaxation and generally making people feel happier.
Councillor Jim Beall, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, said: "Looking after your mental health is just as important as taking care of yourself physically. Exercise can help to reduce stress and anxiety and increase your self-esteem so you not only get the physical benefits but you're likely to feel better in yourself too.
"The sessions at Splash are really fun and open to absolute beginners. Come along next week and have a go."
The sessions will take place on the following days:
- Gym Taster Sessions
8, 9 and 10 October
11am and 2pm
- Metafit Taster Session
Friday 10 October
12.15pm to 12.45pm
- Zumba Taster Session
Friday 10 October
12pm to 12.45pm
Each session lasts for 30 minutes and will include time to try out the gym machines and talk through how to use them with an instructor. Participants will be able to stay in the gym after the sessions to use the machines for free.
Each session is free of charge but places are limited and need to be booked in advance. To book a place contact Splash on 01642 526251 or Paul Murphy on 01642 528583. For more information about the sessions and other mental health services, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/mentalhealthday
To learn more about Schizophrenia, visit the Mental Health Foundation Webpage www.mentalhealth.org.uk