Local community invited to movement for mental health day

2 May 2024

The local NHS is inviting people and groups across Bexhill and East Sussex to Movement for Mental Health, a special drop-in event to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), taking place between Monday 13 and Friday 19 May.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) which provides mental health services across Sussex - and is currently building Combe Valley, a brand new 54-bed hospital in Bexhill - is holding the event on Tuesday 14 May between 12noon and 6pm at The Pelham local community hub in Holliers Hill, Bexhill.

The event will reflect the theme of this year's MHAW which stresses the importance of keeping active in a wide variety of ways to improve mental health.

It will also involve Kier Construction, which is building the new hospital, and the Pelham itself. It will showcase a range of community projects and activities and give people the opportunity to talk with staff about what it is like to work in mental health services and with those who have directly experienced those services first hand.

On the day, people can:

  • meet advocates who can share their experiences of the benefits of physical activity to your mental health, as well as professionals working in this field
  • take a virtual walk-through of the new Combe Valley mental health hospital being built at nearby Mount View
  • share experiences with a range of mental health professionals and those who have used our mental health services
  • learn more about the role of Occupational Therapists and mental health physiotherapists
  • discuss training and career opportunities in both mental healthcare and construction
  • see resources produced by The Lighthouse Club, a construction industry charity providing support to building workers and their families
  • meet the team at The Pelham and RunningSpace, which is a project to champion life and beat suicide by hosting walk2run groups to strengthen mental and physical wellbeing, as well as suicide alertness training, and
  • find out about the importance of mental health first aid and how to train to become a mental health first aider.​​​​​​​

SPFT Programme Director responsible for the new hospital, Paula Kirkland, said: "We would love to see as many people living in and around the site of our new hospital to come along to this event. They will be able to get some insight into what it's like to work in mental health services and, importantly, hear from those who have directly benefited from those services.

"In keeping with the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, everyone can find out how keeping active in a wide variety of ways can help improve their mental health."

The event will be held:

Date: Tuesday 14 May

Time: 12noon to 6pm

Venue: The Pelham, Holliers Hill, Bexhill, TN40 2DD.

Click here to find more about the event for Movement for Mental Health Day.