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.