Busy week ahead for Feeling Good Festival

The annual Feeling Good Festival takes place this week with a focus on promoting positive mental health.

Organised by Nexus Peterhead, Mental Health Aberdeen and Maud Village Trust with support from NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Council, the week of events are free to attend and open to everyone.

Nexus Peterhead manager Fiona Craigmyle and community health improvement advisor Colleen Callaghan

Nexus Peterhead manager Fiona Craigmyle and community health improvement advisor Colleen Callaghan

It all starts today (Monday, May 12) with a Conversation Cafe at The Hot Spot in Peterhead from 10am to 12pm.

Conversation Cafes are great for those who may have questions or worries about their own mental health or anxiety as health advisors will be on hand to help.

Nexus Peterhead manager Fiona Craigmyle said: “We are encouraging people to come and open up to us and speak about their wellbeing.”

Community health improvement advisor Colleen Callaghan added: “We want to promote mental wellbeing as it is something that concerns everybody.”

There are a range of activites available tomorrow (Tuesday) including a walk and talk starting at 1.30pm from the Nexus Peterhead base on King Street to the Lido.

The walk and talk is free to join and open to everyone.

Balance Budz and Bishop family fitness will be at the Apex Church Hall from 3pm to 4pm offering a taster fitness session for those looking to improve their physical health.

Outside Peterhead, there will be a Conversation Cafe, Health Fayre and workshops at The Gateway Centre in Turriff from 10am to 1pm.

A feel good walk will take off from Maud Resource Centre on Wednesday at 9.45am with pupils from Maud School taking part.

Members of the public are welcome along and a free cup of tea will be provided.

In the evening, Mental Health Awareness Training taster sessions will be available at Buchanhaven Community Centre from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Places must be booked in advance by calling 01771 613962 or e-mailing: maudvillagetrust@yahoo.co.uk.

Thursday is packed with activites throughout the day starting with a Conversation Cafe, craft tasters and health fayre at Maud Resource Centre from 9.30am to 1pm.

In Peterhead, a Tea Dance for various clubs and groups will be held at Buchanhaven Hearts Social Club from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £5 (includes refreshments) and are available by calling 01779 473153.

In the evening, an exhibition of past history will be held at the Landale Road Gardens in Peterhead with tea to be served in the Scout Hut.

If it is raining that evening, the event will be held in the Scout Hut instead.

The Feeling Good Festival will end on Friday with a special Wellbeing Fayre and Conversation Cafe at Peterhead’s Salvation Army Hall on Windmill Street from 10am to 3pm.

Free health checks by Community Nurses and advice from both Mental Health Aberdeen staff and the community health improvement advisor will be available as well as various information stands from organisations including Companions Befriending, Signposting Project, CLAN, Northern Horizons, Alzheimers Scotland, VSA, Smoking Cessation and The Hot Spot.

Fiona said: “The stands will be there to make people aware of the services available and to help them realise that the support is there if they need it.”

She added: “Hopefully the week will end with everyone feeling good, less stressed and open about discussing their mental health.”