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Finding Positive Solutions to Life’s Challenges

17th May 2019 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Mental Health Awareness Week


Reading is marking Mental Health Awareness Week alongside Dying Matters week (13th -19th May) with a free event on Friday 17th May featuring speakers, workshops and taster sessions throughout the day, as well as the opportunity to have a picnic.


The theme of this year’s event is ‘Finding Positive Solutions to Life’s Challenges’ and the day will include people sharing their inspirational personal stories of facing mental health challenges and/or bereavement.


The free event, which runs from 10:30am to 3pm at Watlington House in central Reading, will also include mini course taster sessions from Compass Recovery College, a confidence workshop by Reading Rep Theatre, a ‘life story’ stall from The Museum of English Rural Life, as well as a Therapeutic Writing workshop by Reading based blogger Katie Conibear, who runs


Refreshments will be provided but people are also encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy in Wattlington House’s beautiful walled garden (weather permitting). For directions visit:


Reading’s Lead Councillor for Health, and the Council’s Mental Health Champion, Graeme Hoskin said: “Any of us can develop a mental health issue or experience trauma from bereavement, and one in four people will be affected by mental illness in any one year. The effects can be as debilitating as physical illness, but may often remain hidden with people unable or unsure about how to get help.  “I welcome the event and activities taking place to mark Mental Health Awareness Week and Dying Matters Week, which are designed to encourage conversations amongst groups and signpost people to support services, as well as help to raise awareness and educate people about mental health.


“I’d encourage people to come along to Watlington House on Friday 17th May – enjoy a chat and a picnic in the garden, listen to some inspirational personal stories, try out one of the great Compass Recovery College taster sessions or sign up for one of the free workshops.”


For more information or to book onto a free workshop contact  or call 0118 937 3737.


17th May 2019
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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watlington House
Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street
Reading, RG1 4RJ
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