Mental Health Open Day

An open day has given people experiencing mental health problems the chance to see how physical activity and learning new practical skills can boost their wellbeing.

The event at Brunswick Gardens in Douglas was part of the ACTIV4HEALTH Scheme which is funded by Manx Care and delivered by Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR). The fun day gave people the chance to see the benefits of getting active through taster sessions ranging from yoga and boxercise to gardening and woodwork. All of which are proven to improve mood and decrease feelings of stress, depression and anxiety.

Ross Bailey, Head of Mental Health, said: ‘Research shows there are five simple things you can do, as part of your daily life, to build resilience, boost your wellbeing and lower your risk of developing mental health problems. These simple actions are known as the Five Ways to Wellbeing and include connecting with others, being more active, learning, giving your time, and taking notice. If you and your mental health professional believe that you would benefit from taking part in the scheme they can refer you.’

The scheme is suitable for people aged 16 and over and offers the use of many facilities at the National Sports Centre including the gym, swimming pools and exercise classes.

Cue Zone

Former snooker world champion Stuart Bingham has formally opened the Cue Zone, based at Ronaldsway. The snooker and pool club was opened last year but Bingham’s visit had to be delayed due to Covid. Over the weekend the 2015 world champ finally got a chance to come to the island where he spoke to guests, played some frames, hitting several breaks in the 70s, 80s and 90s, he finished with a sublime 122 and unveiled the official plaque alongside former professional Daryl Hill who runs the Cue Zone.

Stuart Bingham with Daryl Hill – Picture Credit: Cue Zone

Three Decades in a Coma

Former footballer Jean-Pierre Adams has died aged 73 after being in a coma for 39 years. A former French international defender, Adam died earlier today at the Nîmes University Hospital, nearly four decades since an anaesthesiology error while he underwent an operation to treat a ligament rupture injury left him in a deep coma from which he never woke up.


The fate of Guinea’s President Alpha Condé is unclear after an unverified video showed him surrounded by soldiers, who said they had seized power. They appeared on national TV claiming to have dissolved the government. However, the defence ministry said the attempted takeover had been thwarted by the presidential guard. UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres and the African Union have condemned the apparent coup and demanded the immediate release of President Condé.

Match Abandoned

A game between Brazil and Argentina has been abandoned after public health officials stormed the pitch. The officials objected to the participation of three Argentine players they believe broke quarantine rules. The dramatic intervention came hours after Brazil’s health authorities had said four England-based players for Argentina had to quarantine. Although it did not name the four, the players with English Premier League clubs are Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa, and Giovani lo Celso and Cristian Romero of Spurs.

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