Mental Health Awareness Fair 2024

On May 17th, Recovery Devon proudly facilitated a Mental Health Awareness Fair at Exeter Library, marking another step forward in our ongoing efforts to promote mental well-being and recovery in the community. The event was a vibrant and engaging day filled with a variety of activities and resources aimed at raising awareness and providing support.

We were thrilled to have stands from a diverse range of mental health organisations, each bringing unique insights and resources to the fair. Visitors had the opportunity to connect with professionals and volunteers from these organisations as well as individuals with lived experience, gaining valuable information about mental health services, support groups, and wellness strategies available in our community.

In addition to the informational stands, we offered a creative outlet through a craft activity that was a hit among attendees of all ages. The hands-on experience allowed individuals to express themselves creatively, serving as a therapeutic exercise and a reminder of the importance of engaging in enjoyable activities for mental health. A huge thank you to Magic Carpet for facilitating and gently guiding the creativity!

One of the highlights of the fair was a taster session of chakra dancing, perfectly encapsulating this year’s theme. This energizing activity encouraged individuals to move and connect with their bodies in a fun, supportive environment, demonstrating the powerful link between physical movement and mental well-being. It was also nice to dance outside on the grass, a really grounding experience. Another big thank you to Jackie from New Dawn.

The feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing appreciation for the variety of resources and activities available. We are so grateful to Exeter Library for providing a welcoming venue and to all the organisations, volunteers and those who bought along their lived experience and who contributed to making this event a resounding success.

Together, we made movement in raising awareness about mental health and providing the community with tools and knowledge to support their mental well-being. We look forward to continuing this important work and building on the success of this year’s fair.