FAMILIES and carers with experience of mental health problems enjoyed a day of fun activities.

The Motiv8 day was held at Glyndwr University to raise awareness of the close links between physical health and mental well-being.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Tony Jewell went to the event to promote the message of healthy eating, physical activity and exercise.

Dr Jewell said: “As outlined in Our Healthy Future, the public health strategic framework for Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government recognises the importance of preventing mental health problems and promoting positive mental health.

“This includes promoting healthy lifestyles through initiatives such as Change 4 Life and the Healthy Working Wales programme.

“Healthy eating, physical activity and exercise are good ways to raise self-esteem and improve mental health as well as being an important part of the care plan for those with mental illness.”

People took part in a range of activities including aerobics, dance, cycling, table tennis, yoga, tai chi and hula hooping.

There was also a five-a-side football tournament featuring mixed teams of service users, consultant psychiatrists, health managers and voluntary organisations.

Stands showcased a variety of services available within the community which can support mental health service users.