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Paralympian trains councillors for mental health awareness ride

Posted on Tuesday 5th February 2019 at 9:36 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Paralympic gold medallist Andy Lewis MBE (centre) giving training advice to South Gloucestershire Council Cabinet members Cllr Jon Hunt and Cllr Toby Savage.

South Gloucestershire Council’s leader and deputy leader are set to embark on a tough 220km challenge: cycling to every school in the district to mark Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (4th to 10th February).

Cllrs Toby Savage and Jon Hunt, who also serve as Cabinet members for schools, skills and employment and for children and young people respectively, will ride across South Gloucestershire to visit its 121 schools on 7th & 8th February for leading national children’s mental health charity Place2Be.

The task is particularly challenging for the pair as they are inexperienced in cycling, with Cllr Savage not having been on a bike in around a decade prior to training. By taking on an active challenge, they hope to reflect the awareness week’s message of ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, demonstrating the link between physical wellbeing and positive mental health.

The Council has issued grants this year of £1,000 or £2,000 to ten schools taking part in the South Gloucestershire Schools Mental Health Award and the councillors will stop off along the ride to visit some of those schools to see how they are using the money to make a difference and improve mental health amongst their students.

Cllr Savage said:

“We firmly believe that any child failing to fulfil their potential is a tragedy, particularly when it is due to poor mental health.”

“This ride will be tough, but I hope the positive message it brings will help highlight the challenges schools face around student and staff mental health, as well as the work being done to support and improve good mental health in South Gloucestershire schools.”

Cllr Hunt said:

“To be truly healthy, it’s not just what we see but the hidden factors. Fifty per cent of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and we need to tackle this growing issue to allow the best start in life for all our children.

“Nearly every classroom will have a child suffering with some form of mental health issue. We are taking on this physical challenge to help highlight the problem, with a route that encompasses every school in South Gloucestershire.”

Helping the councillors in their training is Paralympic gold medallist Andy Lewis MBE, who has been offering his experience and knowledge to prepare them for the journey ahead.

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[Letter] Running in support of mental health

Posted on Thursday 7th September 2017 at 10:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Debra Fry.I’m 46 and have been a resident of Bradley Stoke for the last 22 years. I will be taking part in the 2018 Virgin London Marathon following a successful application for a charity place in the team for the Mental Health Foundation. Promoting mental health awareness is something that I feel very passionate about, and personal experience has highlighted the benefits of spreading this awareness.

I started running in April 2016 and from then it has become an irreplaceable part of my life. You may have seen me running about Bradley Stoke with fellow members of one of the running groups I have joined – North Bristol Running Group.

My own mental health has benefited immensely from taking up running. To help share this benefit I have since become an England Athletics Mental Health Ambassador for Staple Hill Runners, another group to which I belong.

Over the next few months, I will be going ‘all out’ with events and activities in order to reach my fundraising target of £1,800! This will be a huge achievement and will also secure my place to run with the team. Come and join me at my first event, a karaoke dance night at Almondsbury Sports and Social Club! (See poster below; call or text me on 07876 194553 for tickets)

If you would like to show your support donations can be made via my fundraising page: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DebraFry

Debra Fry
Bradley Stoke

Poster promoting a Charity Karaoke Dance Night on 8th September 2017.

This letter originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 42). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre to host World Mental Health Day event

Posted on Wednesday 8th October 2014 at 6:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Poster advertising a World Mental Health Day event at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Bristol.

An informal event being held in Bradley Stoke on Friday (10th October, World Mental Health Day) will provide practical advice and information about mental health.

The event, which runs from 10.30am to 2pm, will be held at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre and will offer visitors the opportunity to try out various sporting activities that help lift the mood, including table tennis, badminton, swimming and exercise classes.

The physical activity sessions will be followed by talks about mental health and associated issues from a range of experts including Anthony Lacny and Maria-Paloma Sequeiros from the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP).

Throughout the event there will also be a marketplace of stalls and information available so you can find out what’s happening locally and where you can go for help and support. There will also be a performance from the South Gloucestershire Carers Choir who will be performing uplifting songs.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of mental health and to promote the benefits of sports activity in encouraging positive wellbeing. It will also be an opportunity to share information and inform the community about the services and support on offer in the area.

Dr Mark Pietroni, South Gloucestershire Council’s Director of Public Health, said:

“We are working together with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health partnership and the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to make the future better for people with mental health issues.”

“Many people self-manage their mental health condition and try to deal with all of the stress and anxiety on their own. We are particularly trying to encourage those people to come along to this event and find out about all of the support that is available.”

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