Worcestershire gets talking on Time to Talk Day | 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

Image of Rishi Persad

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.

Worcestershire gets talking on Time to Talk Day

Local Building Firm supports Now We're Talking by wearing tshirts on site

Now We’re Talking aims to raise awareness of Healthy minds a service which helps people aged 16 and over in Worcestershire who are experiencing common mental health conditions such as stress anxiety, low mood or depression – issues which affect 50,000 in Worcestershire alone. 

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many of us are too afraid to talk about it. Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting but Now We’re Talking provided the tools to break the ice and start the conversation.

In a bid to spread the word, Speller Metcalfe donned their ‘Now We’re Talking’ T-shirts, brew in hand and asked that pending question ‘How are you?’ Yesterday builders on the site at Speller Metcalfe stopped to make sure they were having those all-important conversations.  Wayne Bishop Health and Safety Manager for Speller Metcalfe said : ‘we are aware that mental health is a very real issue and particularly prevalent in the construction industry, so we are huge supporters of the Now We’re Talking campaign.’ 1in 8 men are affected by these issues every year but are less likely to engage and get the support they need. 

They weren’t the only ones involved; Bayleys of Bromsgrove provided the perfect setting for a coffee morning with the opportunity to open up, challenge stigma and access local resources. And the hustle bustle of Redditch Kingfisher Centre was stopped in their tracks as the local Healthy Minds team were spreading the word.

Dawn Stallard, Team Lead for Kidderminster and Wyre Forest 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.”

Time to Talk Day was created to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, Time to Talk Day aims to get as many people as possible talking about mental health and this year was no exception. Every day should be a day to talk about mental health, and should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Healthy Minds is provided by Worcestershire Health and care trust provider of mental health service in the county. This autumn Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust launched a new mental health campaign to encourage our communities, especially men, to talk and seek support when experiencing lower level mental health issues such as stress and anxiety.

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