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Colourful start to World Mental Health Day

The weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who descended on Great Yarmouth’s Market Square this weekend for an annual occasion to mark World Mental Health Day today (Monday 10 October).

Dance group Bollywood Sparkles brought an array of colour to the free event hosted by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and supported by local health organisations and charities.

The aim of the annual event was to raise awareness of mental health issues, and stalls offered advice about mental health services in the area and how people can look after their own wellbeing.

Visitors of all ages enjoyed the entertainment, which included the chance to meet some of the animals from Clinks Care Farm, in Toft Monks, near Beccles, which combines the care of the land with the care of people and offers opportunities for people with mental health issues to help on the farm and aid their recovery.

Face painting, musicians and drama performances provided something for everyone throughout the day.

One of the organisers of the event Karen Slatcher, a Mental Health Practitioner with Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney, said: “By holding an event like this, we feel we are able to reach out to people who wouldn’t normally access mental health services.

“We want to say to people that mental health conditions are out there and it is ok and you can talk about it and you can get through it and there are services which can help.”