The Young at Heart Men’s Group has celebrated its first birthday.
A total of 14 members of the group celebrated with cake and snacks at the celebration in St George's Hall, Dagenham.
The group encourages middle aged men who may suffer from mental health problems, including depression, or a mid-life crisis, to take part in activities to aid their well-being. It was set up after research identified that middle aged men could be at risk of suffering from mental health problems.
Dr Victoria Winson, Clinical Psychologist with Barking and Dagenham Older People's Community Mental Health Team and the borough's Advice and Brief Intervention Team said:
"Since the launch of the group in January 2010, the group has gone from strength to strength both in terms of numbers and activities. It has been a brilliant year and we are hoping that the group will continue to expand and develop further over the next 12 months."
The group, which meets weekly for a talk, health advice and refreshements, have taken part in activities such as fishing and ecotherapy walks. The men have also bought an allotment for gardening activities.
Members of staff who have been involved with the organisation of the group also attended. These included Victoria Winson, Clinical Psychologist; Zoe Pirie, Support Time and Recovery Worker; Mark New, Support Time and Recovery Worker; Alistair Bell, Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor and Andy McGeeney, Ecotherapist.