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Ipswich Flash Mob to celebrate World Mental Health Day

A singing flash mob is set to surprise book lovers at Ipswich Library on World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2011 – to promote health and wellbeing in Suffolk.

The flash mob has been organised by Music in Mind, a community singing group, as part of Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Month, a series of events taking place throughout October.

Anyone interested in taking part in the flash mob is invited to meet in the upstairs Lecture Room in the Central Library at 2pm to learn the chosen song before spreading throughout the building to perform it at 3pm.

Tracy Sharp, who helps run the group, said: “The chosen song will be a closely guarded secret until the actual day! But I can tell you that it is the perfect song to get our message across, as it is about overcoming struggles and triumphing over adversity.”

Music in Mind began in January after the InsideOut Community Arts in mental health project recognised the impact of singing on well-being. The group, which is now Lottery funded, meets fortnightly in the library on Monday afternoons and is open to all.

Tracy added: “The aim of Music in Mind is to promote recovery and wellbeing through singing. Opening out the group to everyone who wants to get involved is our way of bringing people together – acknowledging that we all have times when we experience isolation, anxiety, grief and depression and that together we can lift one another’s spirits in song.”

Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Month is a diverse series of events aimed at helping members of the community to a health body and a healthy mind.

Events will be taking place at locations including Beccles, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Saxmundham, Stowmarket, Sudbury and Woodbridge, and involve organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society, NHS Suffolk, Suffolk Family Carers, Survivors in Transition and Suffolk Libraries.

Full details can be found at www.themindsanctuary.com.

Activities during the month have been co-ordinated by Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Suffolk County Council and The Mind Sanctuary on behalf of everyone involved.

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