Local Poet performs for Mental Health Awareness Week

A local poet is performing in support of Mental Health Awareness Week between 15th – 21st May with pop up performances and an art exhibition called “Chaos 2 Order”  at The Old Moseley Arms in Balsall Heath.  The event is organised by Community Vibe and is to raise awareness not only for Mental Health Awareness Week but also Hoarding Awareness Week.  The event is free and runs at The Old Moseley Arms between 6th May – 20th May.   Ian Henery, Poet in Residence of local radio station WCR FM – which broadcasts on 101.8 FM and online – was part of the launch on Saturday 6th May featuring works on the theme of hoarding and mental health awareness.  Also performing were Lexicon Poetry and the Dust Buster Dance Crew.     “I was chuffed to bits to be invited” said Ian Henery “to perform not only at the launch but also to compere the book launch on Saturday 13th May with music, spoken word and variety acts plus the Arty Party on the final weekend with the  Super Heroes & Super Villains parade and open mic”.   Mental Health Awareness Week is an ideal time for people to think about mental health, tackle stigma and find out how we can create a society that prevents mental health problems from developing and protects our mental well-being.  The theme of this year`s Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety.     “Anxiety is a normal emotion in us all” explained Ian Henery “but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem.”   Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems we can face.  Focusing on anxiety for this year`s Mental Health Awareness Week will increase people`s awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem.