Mental Health Awareness week is 9th to 13th May. I am delighted to say that we have been able to arrange for West Sussex MIND to hold one of their workshops at the Hall on Thursday 12th May from 11.00am to 12.30 pm followed by an informal “meet & greet” session – see separate notice below.

We all know how difficult life has been for many over the last couple of years with various lockdowns adding to feelings of loneliness and isolation, loss of employment and/or job insecurity, worries about elderly friends or relatives that we have not been allowed to visit. And the worries don’t stop there! More recently it’s concern over the possible consequences of the war in Ukraine, huge increases in energy prices and general cost of living. No wonder many people are finding life difficult.

The WS MIND workshop is NOT a counselling session but aims to help people understand what support is available and how to access this. Also it is a great opportunity for local people to help WS MIND understand more about what causes most concern today in a rural community.

It will come as no surprise that some people find it hard to recognise that they are struggling mentally or, even if they do recognise this, to seek help. Perhaps you know a friend or a relative who is struggling. If you can’t persuade them to come along themselves, then perhaps you can attend and then pass on what you learn to help them.

Keith Carter, Chairman, Village Hall Management Committee