CWP creates 'Headspace' at Barnaby Festival

by CWP News - 27 June 2016

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP) staff and service users hosted memory tests, mindfulness sessions and brain games as part of Barnaby Festival’s ‘Headspace’ event.

The event included a garden area outside Macclesfield Town Hall for local people to relax and unwind as part of work to raise awareness of the importance of mental health.  

Staff and service users from Lime Walk House in Macclesfield organised ‘Headspace’ activities to measure mindfulness, memory and cognitive performance.

Dennis Pimblott, Ward Manager at Lime Walk House, said: “Barnaby Festival is always a very popular event because it offers such a variety of activities for local people.

“We wanted to open up a space that helped people to relax whilst raising awareness of the importance of mental health.

“Some of the activities here today are the same ones we use when assessing patients for dementia, anxiety, stress and psychosis. By making things fun and engaging, we hope we have helped local people to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health.”

Kate Staniland, from Macclesfield, said: “Today has been great. Everybody should come and try something like this.

“I just came out to pop to the shops but thought I’d spend some time with the team and I now feel much better for it.”

Lime Walk House offers assessment and rehabilitation for inpatients who require mental health support. To find out more about Lime Walk and other CWP mental health services visit www.cwp.nhs.uk/services

Photo: Pfifer and Bailen, from Chicago, enjoy arts and crafts at Barnaby Festival’s ‘Headspace’ event

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