Local Mental Health services are here for you | The Now We're Talking Campaign

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Launched in 2018 by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust the Now We're Talking campaign set out to reduce stigma and encourage more local people to access the Healthy Minds Service to get the support if and when they need it!

Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improves relationships, aids recovery and take the sigma out of something that affects us all.

There are lots of different ways to have the conversation about mental health and you don't have to be an expert to talk. There plenty of ways in which you can get involved in the Now We're Talking campaign, from a trip to the rugby, talks and presentations at your place of work, stands at your local library, a day at the races, you can even run a half marathon with us! If you really want too! 

Our promtion of mental health awareness has many forms, and we are all about thinking outside the box! Mental Health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improves relationships, aid recovery and take the sigma out of something that affects us all.

There are lots of different ways to have the conversation about mental health and you don't have to be an expert to talk.

If you would like further information about the Now We’re Talking campaign and how you could get involved please contact alice.linley@nhs.net

Talk

Someone you know will have a mental health problem right now – a family member, your friend, your workmate. He or she just might not know how to tell you. 

Being open to mental health can break down any stigma surrounding it. You don’t have to be an expert to talk and to listen, and often it’s the little things that make a big difference.

A car enthusiast who has experienced depression has set up a support network for like-minded people. Dan Pendry-Moore, from Bromsgrove, hopes Sad Boi Race Club will help fight a mental health stigma among men. The 32-year-old said his story was "very typical of most men" who "bottle up" feelings.

Listen

Podcasts can be a really good way of relaxing the mind, listen to features, interviews and a number of people involved in mental health, including people have experience mental health difficulties, campaigners and mental health experts.

Sons of Anxiety is a new podcast brought to you by Stew Kingscott and Justyn Surrall who open up about their own battles with stress, depression and anxiety. They have teamed up with our very own Psychologist Dr Ben Rogers to investigate why men struggle to talk to each other about their mental health…and what happens when they do.

Here are a number of other podcasts to help keep your mind healthy:

  1. NHS Strength and Flexibility
  2. The Food Medic
  3. The Doctor's Kitchen
  4. On Purpose
  5. Just One More Thing
  6. Thorough Examination
  7. Feel Better and Live More
  8. Get Sleepy
  9. Sleep Meditations
  10. Nutrition Facts
  11. Take Control of Your Health
  12. Breathcast 
  13. Spoke

Support

Over the last three years the Now We’re Talking campaign has received a fantastic amount of support from a number of organisations and individuals.

We have been encouraging organisations and businesses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire to spread the message to their staff and customers. Between us we can help address the stigma wrongly attached to mental health, and to keep more people feeling well, healthy and positive.

Here are just a few of our supporters!

Joe Batley - Worcester Warriors

Joe Batley

I am pleased to be supporting the Now We’re Talking campaign. We are in really strange times at the moment, and I would urge anyone struggling to get support. It’s really important to reach out and ask for help

Paul Cheshire, West Mercia Police

Paul Cheshire

Mental health is a hidden illness, and will remain so unless we are willing to talk about it

Jon Laight, H & W Fire & Rescue service

Jon Laight

Good mental health and well-being is just as important as eating well and keeping fit.  When I recognise my stress levels are rising, I talk to friends, family and colleagues and use mindfulness to reset and refresh

Ed Chamberlin, ITV Presenter

Ed Chamberlin

I’m pleased to be supporting the Now We’re Talking Mental health campaign, everybody has mental health and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it, just having a conversation with a friend or family member can make such a difference, it’s ok not to be ok!

Rishi Persad, ITV Presenter

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As we all know this year has been incredibly challenging for everyone. I am certain that almost all of us have had moments of worry and concern, but it’s vital to know that you are not alone. No matter who you are or what you are dealing with, we all need someone to listen and to know that there is someone wanting to know how you feel and someone that cares. That’s why I am fully behind the Now We’re Talking campaign which encourages people to reach out to Healthy Minds where you can get the support you need to help with whatever you are dealing with

Steve Goode, Chairman Worcester City Football

Steve Goode

In the sporting community it is so important that athletes share problems not only with their physical health but also their mental health. As a community we not only support our local team but individuals who sometimes just need a shoulder to lean on. If you feel overwhelmed with emotion or have health issue that is bothering you, please talk to someone. I was always told, a problem shared is a problem halved.

Local Mental Health services are here for you

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Mental Health services are open and accessible to anyone in Herefordshire and Worcestershire who is struggling or needs support – that’s the message of a local campaign re-launched this week.

The Now We’re Talking campaign is run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust which provides mental health services across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Over the last 6weeks referrals into local mental health services, including those supporting children and families and for adults experiencing stress and anxiety, has declined. In Worcestershire for example, its Healthy Minds team which helps people with more common mental health issues has seen a reduction in referrals, both self-referrals and those from a GP, of around 70%.

This week the Trust, supported by other health and care partners and community groups, is re-launching the Now We’re Talking campaign to highlight the mental health services available and to urge people to seek support as soon as they need it.

Sarah Dugan, Chief Executive at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, said: “Across our area we have seen a reduction in people accessing mental health services since the Coronavirus outbreak. This has been mirrored in many areas of the country and while more work is needed to understand the reasons for this, our message is clear – mental health services in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are open and its vital people don’t delay getting the support they need. We provide a range of mental health services with the support of partners and the wider community and while the way we deliver them might a bit different at the moment to adhere to social distancing rules, they are very much open.”

The Now We’re Talking campaign was first launched in October 2018 to raise awareness of the Worcestershire Healthy Minds service and led to a huge increase in the numbers of local people accessing support. The campaign also won a national Leading Healthcare Award in 2019.

Its re-launch this week follows a major new drive by NHS England to persuade the public to seek the urgent care and treatment they need. NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens warned that delays in getting treatment due to coronavirus fears pose a long term risk to people’s health. The plea comes alongside new findings that four in ten people are too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to seek help from their GP.

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health and wellbeing at the moment you can find out more about the range of local services available at www.nowweretalking.nhs.uk.

You can also follow the campaign on Twitter @NowWereTalking_ and on Facebook@NowWereTalkingWorcs

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