Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 15 to 21 May 2023, and the theme is 'anxiety'.

Anxiety can affect all of us, no matter who we are, where we work, what our background is or how old we are.

Many things can lead to us experiencing anxiety, and this is completely normal. However, sometimes it can get ‘too much’ and become a mental health concern.

Changes in our life circumstances such as moving house, getting a new job, money worries, the cost of living or other challenges can all lead to us feeling emotional. There are many ways to address anxiety as outlined below.

The Mental Health Foundation have a number of helpful tips to improve your feelings such breathing techniques, keeping a diary, exercising, getting plenty of sleep, connecting with others and eating a healthy diet. You can find out about all of these tips and more on the Mental Health Foundation website

There are also a range of local events taking place to mark Mental Health Awareness Week – see more information below.

Get active

Getting active doesn’t have to mean running long distances or joining the gym (unless you want to). Small steps can make a big difference to your mental and physical wellbeing including walking, cycling, gardening or even cleaning tasks around the house such as mopping or hoovering can help us focus on something new whilst keeping us active at the same time.

The mental health charity Mind has a lot of information on their website about how exercising can improve your mood, help you to manage thoughts relating to anxiety and stress, as well as how being active can help you to sleep better. It can also help you to meet new people and improve your self-esteem.

Exercising or being active doesn’t need to be expensive. Walking is free and can be done in your local area, in one of our local green spaces or by travelling to a particular point of interest.

Walking with a group can also be a great way to meet other local people and visit new places or parks, you wouldn’t ordinarily go to.

In Chesterfield we have regular walking groups for adults, weekly buggy walks for parents or carers with a baby/toddler, jogging groups for those who like to go a bit quicker and for anyone who wants to walk, jog, run or volunteer there are weekly park runs too.

Find all of the information about walk times and locations.  

The Chesterfield Area Walking Festival is taking place from 13 to 21 May 2023, encouraging you to take part in guided walks and explore the local area.

Find out more. 

The NHS website has information about how exercising can benefit your health in lots of different ways. Find out more.

Love our green spaces

Chesterfield has over 400 hectares of public open space of recreational value in our borough.

This includes parks, greenways, public playing fields, small areas of open space in local areas, separate woodlands within the built areas, urban fringe woodlands and countryside sites with public access.

We have three borough parks: Queen’s Park, Holmebrook Valley Park and Poolsbrook Country Park, as well as a number of other community parks and play areas for the family to enjoy.

So, if you want to get out by yourself, meet others for a picnic outside or plan to take part in a family walk, there are a lot of green spaces to explore on your doorstep. 

Join our leisure centres

Both Queen’s Park Sports Centre and The Healthy Living Centre have fantastic facilities for you to enjoy individually or with others. The facilities include swimming, badminton, basketball, bowling, indoor football, netball, fitness studios and table tennis amongst others.

You can also relax and unwind in the Healthy Living Centre’s modern, purpose-built health spa to either have some time alone or spend time with friends after a workout. The spa also has a sauna, steam room, aromatherapy room, monsoon shower and ice fountain for you to enjoy.

Find out more about the facilities at both leisure centres.

Live Better Derbyshire 

Live Better Derbyshire is available for people who want to stop smoking, lose weight or be more active. A little support can go a long way, if you want to change a lifestyle choice for the better.

Their team of friendly, trained staff understand it can be hard to make lifestyle changes, but they are there to support you and offer advice. Learn more.

Attend an event 

Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council have been working with local partners in Chesterfield to support ‘Mental Health Awareness Week 2023’ and incorporate the theme of ‘Anxiety’.

We have arranged free virtual and face to face sessions and activities throughout the week:

Event name: Natter café

Date: Monday 15 May

Time and venue: 1pm to 2.30pm at The Hub, Low Pavements, Chesterfield, S40 1PB

Organised by: Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service. 

This is a weekly Natter Café particularly suitable for older people needing support with their mental health. The group is for those who are in need of a little extra support or want to feel less isolated and make new friends. The group is a relaxed drop in style with free refreshments, no need to book.

For more information, please email:  


Event name: Funny and Fantastique Talks

Date: various

Time and venue: various

Organised by: Compassionate Voices CIC

Join Sharon Bull from Compassionate Voices CIC during Mental Health Awareness Week for her 'Funny and Fantastique' talks at various venues across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

Please follow the link to book your free place. These talks are open to everyone and are not just inclusive to women.

Event name: Wellbeing Hub

Date: Tuesday 16 May

Time and venue: 10.30am-12.30pm at Chesterfield Library

Organised by: Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service

This is a wellbeing hub that happens every Tuesday at Chesterfield Library. If you are unsure of where to turn, or what support service you need or who to talk to, go in and see them. One of their workers will listen to you, and you can talk through your options together.

No referral needed just pop in and say hello. For more information advice or support please call 01773 734989.


Event name: Natural remedies to calm a nervy mind

Date: 16 May

Time and venue: 6pm to 7pm – Online

Organised by: Derbyshire Adult Community Education.

Essential oils have many therapeutic uses, and this session will look at key oils and remedies that are particularly useful in relieving stress and anxiety.

Reserve a place here.


Event name: Mindscapes

Date: 16 May

Time and venue: 10am to 1pm at The Hub, Low Pavements, Chesterfield, S40 1PB

Organised by: Mindscapes  

This is photography using a mindfulness approach, delivered in a peer support environment. Any phone or camera is welcome and no experience is needed. This group happens every Tuesday morning.


Event name: Hobby talk

Date: 17 May

Time and venue: From 7pm to 9pm at Chesterfield Football Club

Organised by: Hobby Talk

Hobby Talk is a hobby group run by men, for men, who feel isolated or who have hidden and or mental illnesses.

The group is hosting a mental health and wellness evening for men. They will be promoting relaxation techniques, calmness, inner healing and self-forgiveness. They will be having two special guests, one doing a guided meditation and the other doing Reiki on anybody who wishes to try this for free.

If you are interested in finding out more about Hobby Talk, please contact Wayne Pearson at


Event name: Pilates and Meditation for a calmer outlook

Date: Wednesday 17 May

Time and venue: 9.30am to 10.30am at The Hunloke Centre, Church Street South, Chesterfield, S40 2TF

Organised by: Derbyshire Adult Community Education.

A session that looks at calming anxiety now and in the longer term. 

Reserve a place here.


Event name: Renew Cross Street Café

Date: Open every Wednesday 10am – 2pm

Time and venue: In the church hall at Chesterfield Baptist Church Cross Street, Chesterfield S40 4ST

A quiet shared space where it’s okay to not be okay. Come for a chat, shared hobbies and company, or just sit quietly with a cuppa. Pop in for a few minutes or stay for the morning. All welcome.

For more information check out RenewCrossStreet on Facebook, email or leave a voicemail on our church phone: 01246 221105.


Event name: Relax your back, relax your mind

Date: 19 May

Time and venue: 10am -11am, online session

Organised by: Derbyshire Adult Community Education.

This session will focus on back-care and how stretching and gaining confidence in moving reduces anxiety.

Reserve a place here.


Event name: ThinkFest!

Date: Saturday 20 May

Time and venue: 10am-3pm, Vicar Lane, Chesterfield Town Centre

ThinkFest! 2023 is the opportunity to show the public what services and support is available to them accompanied by a line-up of amazing performers, live music and workshops.

ThinkFest! is for anyone of any age and we want to make sure that we represent services for children and young people, adults and older adults.

The event is free of charge, so come down and enjoy a day dedicated to showing that Derbyshire cares about Mental Health. No need to book, just turn up on the day.

Event name:Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

Date: Saturday 13 to 21 May

The popular Chesterfield Area Walking Festival is returning for another year, with residents and visitors being encouraged to get outdoors and enjoy what the area has to offer.

Booking is essential but most walks included in the festival are free to attend, with a small fee for the rest. Book tickets and find out more about the festival on the Visit Chesterfield Website


Event name: Arts and Minds

Date: every Wednesday at The Hub, Low Pavements, Chesterfield, S40 1PB

Join in with all sorts of easy arty activities, hosted by Ian every Wednesday no appointment needed, drop-in anytime. This session is free to attend.

Support with the cost of living

If the cost of living is affecting your mental well-being there is lots of support available locally, depending on your circumstances, to help with your finances, managing debt and support with your mental health. Learn more.




First published on 15 May 2023 Last updated on 10 January 2024