Getting Arty for your Mental Health
Herefordshire and Worcestershire’s Mental Health Campaign ‘Now We’re Talking’ is encouraging local residents to get arty to help improve their wellbeing.
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is the counties main provider of mental health services. It runs the Now We’re Talking campaign which aims to raise awareness of Healthy Minds, a service which you can contact yourself if you are struggling with difficulties such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, it also aims to reduce the stigma that sadly still surrounds mental health.
Bringing together art, exercise and mental health for Mental Health Awareness Week in May, ‘Now We’re Talking with Art’ aims to highlight ways to maintain wellbeing, self-help and signpost to additional support if it’s needed. The Trust is teaming up with Worcester City Council and a host of local partners and businesses to encourage residents to get arty to support their mental health and wellbeing, with easily accessible art based mental health resources, including mindfulness colouring sheets, live art classes and an Art trail around the City centre.
Local artists will fill the city with colour and promote a positive outlook on mental health, using the national theme of Mental Health Awareness Week ‘Nature and the environment’ the installations of fine art, photography, craft, murals and more, in windows and outdoor spaces the Art trail accompanied by an all-important map will provide information on where to get support for your mental health.
The trail aims to provide a colourful, inspiring and safe journey around the city, free of charge to promote a healthier, well connected and more resilient community.
Dawn Stallard, Team Lead within Healthy Minds, said: “There are many situations in a person’s life which can lead to stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, and sometimes there are no obvious causes but asking the question and starting a conversation with someone can make a big difference.”
You can contact the Healthy Minds teams without needing to see another health professional first. If you are in Worcestershire call 0300 302 13 13 or if you are in Herefordshire call 01432 347606 or visit the website www.healthyminds.whct.nhs.uk
In addition the Health and Care NHS Trust also runs a 24/7 mental health helpline for anyone who needs urgent advice and support - 01905 681 915 (24 hrs a day 365 days a year) as well as help for children, young people and families. For more information visit www.hacw.nhs.uk
You can follow the campaign on Twitter @NowWereTalking and on Facebook @NowWereTalkingWorcs