Week of activities and initiatives for Perth Wellbeing Festival

The importance of positive action to protect mental health is the focus of the Wellbeing Festival has been launched in Perth.

A week-long series of activities and initiatives will take place in the city and the surrounding area over the coming week.

The festival has been timed to coincide with Mental Health Week in the UK and World Mental Health Day on Friday.

The annual event aims to highlight the impact poor mental wellbeing has on everyone and also to offer a positive message on the supports that are available.

The initiative will see Perth and Kinross Council work with a number of its partners, including NHS Tayside, to build on the success of last year’s event.

Highlights of the festival include an arts and cultural programme themed on wellbeing, health walks and a wide range of Live Active Leisure taster sessions, as well as parent and toddler events that incorporate wellbeing activities for families.

The importance of wellbeing for workers will also be looked at during the week, with large employers hosting a series of wellbeing lunchtime talks, and free complementary therapy taster sessions will be made available to employees.

In Perth an information drop-in centre and art exhibition will open to the public in the former West Mill Street Library. Other events are planned for Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Crieff, Blairgowrie, Birnam and Dunkeld, Inchture, Kinross and Blair Atholl.

There will be a creative writing and poetry reading open evening at Wisecraft, 10 Lower Mill Street, Blairgowrie, from 7pm tonight.

Further information is available at www.pkc.gov.uk/wellbeingfestival