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Public invited to celebrate creativity and wellbeing

02 December 2017 — 02 December 2017 Leicester, University of

An all-day public event by the University of Leicester working with The Yellow Book and the Wellbeing Matters campaign will highlight the importance of our looking after our mental health.

‘I Feel Better When Wellbeing Matters’ will take place on Saturday 2 December at the George Davies Centre at the University of Leicester from 10am to 5.30pm. Places can be booked online here:

There will be live music and talks surrounding the topic of mental health & wellbeing, as well as free mindfulness workshops available to book onto here. The live band Refuge will be performing a range of songs from their albums, as played on BBC Introducing, to promote mental wellbeing. Their new single "I Feel Better When", recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the #rethinkyourmindChoir is being released on the 1 December. You can get involved and help them #HitTheCharts with the Thunderclap Campaign, just follow this link.

The morning session runs from 10am to 1pm, with talks from 11am with Pete Hirst, founding member and lead singer of the band Refuge, and Claire Evans, a mindfulness specialist and founder of the Centre of Wellbeing. They will share a bipolar recovery story and the story of The Yellow Book, a creative wellbeing resource, from its inception in 2012 followed by a full live band performance.

Claire will also speak around the wider subject of wellbeing & the section in The Yellow Book that provides ideas for keeping yourself well. She will then lead a large group mindfulness session with a mixture of focus on mindful living & mindful practice.

The afternoon session runs from 2pm – 5.30pm will include all that is in the morning session and more. There will be talks from 2.30pm, with speakers including acoustic and music keynote speaker, Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE DBE; Gillian McFarland (artist in residence at University of Leicester and De Montfort University) will also be sharing a few words; a video speech from Dr Pete Miller (the chief executive of the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust); and a written speech from Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE.

Dr Marie Nugent, Public Engagement Manager for the University’s College of Life Sciences said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating The Yellow Book and what it represents by putting on this free public event. This event is open to all and we hope it brings people together, supporting mental health awareness in our local community.”

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