Hundreds of people got the feel good factor recently when the Feel Good Fair came to the Thameside complex in Grays.
A quarter of the population will experience some form of mental health problem at some point in their lives and Thurrock’s libraries has collections (funded by NHS South-West Essex) called Mind Matters – recommended self-help books for mild to moderate mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Popular activities on Saturday included pedalling hard to create your own healthy smoothie on the Smoothie Bike and joining in with Thurrock’s own Wii Fit club in the complex’s foyer.
There was also a chance to relax with a free reflexology taster and borrow and chat to a Living Book – a real person with a real experience of a particular mental health issue.
Visitors could also chat to NHS South West Essex’s Community Service Health Trainers about health and well-being needs.
Among those enjoying Saturday’s feel good factor was Cllr Lynn Worrall, Thurrock Council’s cabinet member for Community, Culture and Leisure.
She tried out the Smoothie Bike, had a go with the Wii Fit club and said afterwards: “Saturday proved a great success with hundreds of people coming into the Thameside and either trying out the bike or the Wii Fit — which was a real laugh!
“It also gave people a chance to learn about ways they can look after themselves mentally and physically and really Feel Good.”