Awareness month comes to an end at Maud

The Mental Health Awareness month organised by the Maud Village Trust and Resource Centre has been hailed a success.

A month of events were held throughout May to highlight mental health and encourage people to speak out and feel good.

Victoria Brown and Wendy Morrison celebrate the Conversation Cafe's first birthday

Victoria Brown and Wendy Morrison celebrate the Conversation Cafe's first birthday

The month started out with a Conversation Cafe at the Maud Resource Centre on Thursday, May 7.

This was a very special event as it marked one year since the first ever Conversation Cafe.

The next event was a Food and Mood event by renowned local chef Kenny Smart, who prepared fresh and delicious food at Maud Village Hall on Tuesday, May 12.

Over 100 people attended the event and watched Kenny cook two meat and fish dishes that they later got to try for themselves.

Wendy Morrison and Calvin Little present a cheque donation to Maud School head teacher Gaynor Steel and pupils

Wendy Morrison and Calvin Little present a cheque donation to Maud School head teacher Gaynor Steel and pupils

Other events included a Stress Management Workshop at the Resource Centre, drop-in health checks and a walk and talk tea.

Public health co-ordinator, Calvin Little, said: “We have been working with Maud School this year to get them involved with our activities.

“Our Conversation Cafes are aimed at encouraging the community to come along and have a blether - talking is a great way to aid recovery for people with poor mental health

“Friendships have been made at our cafe events and through this people are encouraging each other to go to other events, it has been amazing.

Maud School pupils return from their walk

Maud School pupils return from their walk

“Our activities run parallel with things that people should be aware of from eating healthy to exercise.”

Head teacher of Maud School, Gaynor Steel, said: “We have been working hard to improve the school’s involvement and have invited the community to share in the good work that has already been set up.”