Awareness of the challenges posed by mental health issues is set to be raised at a virtual event today.

The event, organised by Brampton and Longtown Rotary Club, marks Mental Health Awareness Week, which has taken place this week.

Presentations on the work of the Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service, laughter yoga and dementia support will be among the information on offer.

The North Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Mela has been put together with support from the NHS and other 'third sector' organisations.

The word 'Mela' is a Sanskrit word which means information exchange and celebration.

Organisers decided to give the event this name after being inspired by the Health and Wellbeing Forum started by the Gujarat community in Lancashire.

Kevin Walsh, a member of the rotary club, said: “In the last year we have been through some very challenging times.

"It is more important than ever that we do all we can to look after ourselves and each other.

"We will have films made by local teams covering a range of issues that might be helpful.

“We have a really proactive third sector in Cumbria that really know and support their community who have come up with a range of videos to help people look after themselves, as well some of our NHS colleagues giving helpful advice about health issues such as avoiding Type 2 diabetes and stroke.”

The Mela will be introduced by Cumbria’s director of public health Colin Cox at 1pm today on the Brampton and Longtown Rotary Club's Youtube channel.

Many groups have come together to make the event work, including some members of the NHS who have advised the rotary club throughout.

Rachel Murdie, a social prescriber with Carlisle Healthcare Primary Care Network, said: “As we come to terms with recent experiences and move towards greater freedoms, we hope you will find some useful tips and advice that can help support your health and wellbeing going forward.”

Eden Films also helped to produce and broadcast the event .

The Mela is open to anyone to tune into on the channel.

For more information, visit the Brampton and Longtown Rotary Club Facebook page.