A NEW campaign to encourage men to talk about and seek support for mental health has been launched across Worcestershire.
Called ‘Now We’re Talking’, it aims to raise awareness of Worcestershire Healthy Minds, a self-referral service run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust for local people aged 16+ experiencing common mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression.
It’s estimated these sorts of issues affect around 50,000 people in Worcestershire alone.
As well as raising awareness of the local service available, the campaign will encourage people to support their mental wellbeing, to talk and open up about mental health and, working with partners will contribute to the aim of reducing the stigma around mental health
The campaign will particularly target men as they are recognised as being less likely to engage and get the support they need.
It will include a series of short animated clips featuring the kinds of scenarios and life events which trigger things like stress and anxiety.
The campaign will also be releasing a series of beer mats into local bars and pubs carrying messages encouraging people to ask their friends and family if they’re okay.
Worcestershire Healthy Minds provides a range of support and both men and women can self-refer to the service by visiting www.nowweretalking.nhs.uk or by calling the team on 01905 766124
Sarah Dugan, Chief Executive at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, said; “It is really important that people feel comfortable to talk if they or a friend or family member are experiencing mental health difficulties.
“We want to get the message out that your mental health and wellbeing is just as important as your physical health.
“There are things you can do to maintain your mental wellbeing and crucially, there is support available if you need it.
“Talking to someone can really help.”