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Beth Sebbage's mental health booklet

Hastings teenager creates self-help booklet for young people with mental health problems

Beth Sebbage, 18, wanted to help youngsters who are facing long waiting lists to access mental health support services, so she has written a self-help booklet. Nick Terdre reports.

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Love Hastings Love Yourself will be holding an event at The Palace Bar on Thursday 2 February as part of a nationwide push to get people talking more openly about mental health for one day. Sharon Rhodes, the co-ordinator of the event in Hastings is appealing to poets, performers and musicians to sign up for the Open Mike Marathon. Erica Smith grabs 10 minutes to talk to Sharon about her plans for the day.

Turning Point specialises in working with vulnerable people in crisis.

Call to tackle high rate of suicide

The high rate of suicide in the UK has been highlighted by the publication of a report by the Parliamentary Health Select Committee calling for a better government strategy for suicide prevention. Turning Point, a social enterprise which works with vulnerable people often at risk of committing suicide, issued the following statement by their managing director for mental health, John Campbell. The Sanctuary Service, Turning Point’s mental health crisis service, is based in Hastings.

Sunny Side Up, one of the first choirs in East Sussex formed of dementia sufferers, performs at last year's Christmas concert.

Singing away the dementia barriers

Since he set up Dementia Support East Sussex to promote singing as a means of combating the social isolation inflicted by dementia, chair Cliff Slack has been taken aback by the enthusiastic response the initiative has aroused. As the Christmas concert approaches, he brings  Nick Terdre up to speed with the progress made this year.

Connie demonstrating the therapeutic value of the animal-human connection

Connie’s career in therapy

Connie the Colliedoodle, along with her minder, Sally Patricia Gardner, have combined forces to offer their services to Pets As Therapy (PAT), an organisation offering community based Animal Assisted Therapy across the length and breadth of the UK. Sally Patricia Gardener writes about her and Connie’s experience of being PAT volunteers.

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World Mental Health Day event

At The Big Sleep for Seaview, HOT’s Zelly Restorick met Sharon Rhodes and discovered that she’s the catalysing energy behind the World Mental Health Day event, Love Hastings Love Yourself. Here Sharon introduces herself and the reasons why the event is important for the town’s residents.

World Mental Health Day local event

Love Hastings, Love Yourself

As part of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, ‘Love Hastings, Love Yourself’ is an all-day event open to everyone and anyone interested in mental health issues.

The Roadshow in action

Cancer awareness roadshow in town

Have any questions or concerns about cancer? Hastings and Rother residents can find out how to make positive changes to their lifestyles and how to spot cancer symptoms earlier at a series of community events in July.

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