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Exhale - A Mental Health Showcase

  • Exhale - A Mental Health Showcase Gorse Hill Studios, Cavendish Road Stretford, M32 0PS United Kingdom (map)

Come along to this FREE family event in Manchester, January 2018


This event has been organised by a woman who has suffered with severe anxiety for 13 years; Molly Arnold is a designer and has dedicated her time to this event, to make sure that it is not dark and plain. Instead, Molly wants to bring mental health issues into the light, to encourage people to talk about their mental health difficulties and concerns - and not bury them away!

This event has speakers and classes for the whole family to benefit from; Molly has organised each talk around a children's activity which will be going on in the next room - meaning parents can free themselves for the talks they really want to hear!

Here is what you can expect (more activities to be added):

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am - HOW TO COPE WITH PANIC ATTACKS AND HELP OTHERS TOO Molly Arnold, organiser of Exhale, has suffered from deliberating panic attacks for thirteen years and can have up to 5 panic attacks a day. She talks about ways we can cope with panic attacks, how to keep them at bay and how to help a friend, family member or stranger who is having a panic attack. 

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE: THE STORY OF ME AND MY BEST FRIEND ANOREXIAHope Virgo, author of Stand Tall Little Girl, talks about growing up with anorexia, her experiences with the eating disorder and how she recovered

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - MINDFULL ART ACTIVITYSelina Mellon from Kids Creative will be running a mindful arts & crafts session to help mindfulness and creativity to help emotional wellbeing in children.

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - DEALING WITH GRIEF, LOSS AND YOUR MENTAL HEALTHCatherine Best is a grief recovery specialist who lost friends to suicide, cancer and a car accident in the space of 2 weeks. She'll be talking about how we can handle grief and loss so it doesn't leave a lasting impact on our mental health. 

  • 12:20 pm - 13:00 pm - NISHLA SMITH TRIO LIVE MUSIC Live music from the Nishla Smith Trio while cake and coffee are available.

  • 13:15 pm - 14:15 pm - BAKING AS A THERAPY Sandy Docherty, a Great British Bake Off contestant, will be talking about how baking can break down barriers and help people with anxiety and depression find some relief, and how baking can be used to help people build confidence in social events. 

  • 13:15 pm - 14:15 pm - MEDITATION FOR KIDS - Meditation is known to help aid anxiety and low mood through breathing techniques and relaxations. Kids can join in with Meditation for Kids to learn how fun and exciting meditation can be!

  • 14:15 pm - 15:15 pm - SMARTY PILATESPilates has been proven to help children manage their mood, understand emotion and improve concentration skills. Kids of all ages can come join in with Smarty Pilates to get an introduction to pilates in a fun and active workshop!

  • 14:15 pm - 15:15 pm - THE UNICORN CLUB The Unicorn Club is a party for professional rebels who want to let go of everyday stress from work and life! This is a party for adults who want to laugh until their chest hurts and act like kids again -- using laughter to combat low mood and anxiety.

  • 15:15 pm - 16:15 pm - HOW DO WE TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH & WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? Alex Carling is a therapist who runs her own private practice in Hull. She'll be talking about how we can talk to our children about mental health and why it is important that we do so.

  • 16:15 pm - 17:15 pm (MT) MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLLauren Barclay is the founder of the charity Youth Mental Health Matters who will be talking about why she started the charity and what and how schools should be helping students to improve their mental health. 

Bring the family - come and enjoy this free family day out and develop your toolkit around managing your own and your children's mental health.

Tickets available here.


Earlier Event: November 17
New Workshop for Parents and Carers
Later Event: February 24
Holistic Mental Health