Dozens take part in Bournemouth beach walk for Mental Health Awareness Week
The Mayor of Bournemouth took part in a beach walk to mark Mental Health Awareness Week along with the Poole Community Mental Health Team.
Around 50 people braved the wet weather to walk from Bournemouth Pier to the Branksome Deane Beach Hut, with a series of events being run this week.
Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts, Mayor of Bournemouth said: "I think it is very important for everybody to understand mental health issues and to change people's attitudes.
"I feel it is a priority to improve people's welbeing, and it is good for people to exercise to do that."
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The walk was led by the Poole Community Mental Health Team, who Bournemouth University is working with - alongside Dorset HealthCare, Dorset Mental Health Forum and the East Dorset Mental Health Carers' Forum during Mental Health Awareness Week.
Dave Humphriss, STR worker for the Poole Community Mental Health Team said: "It has been a lovely day and we are really pleased with the turnout, with the weather conditions against us.
"It is wonderful to promote the awareness of mental health issues."
First Point Service will be promoting positive mental health and offering advice on local support services at the Sovereign Centre, Boscombe tomorrow and Thursday from 9am-4pm.