Around 50,000 people across Worcestershire suffer with mental health problems, and so raising awareness of the help on offer, is really important.
That’s why libraries across the county are backing a local campaign to encourage more people to talk and get support for their mental health.
‘Now We’re Talking’, a campaign run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is hosting a series of pop up events in libraries countywide.
Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Worcestershire County Council said: “We have a vision for improving mental health and wellbeing in Worcestershire, and we support our partners to deliver services in the county. These pop up events are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the importance of talking about mental health.”
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities at Worcestershire County Council said: “All of our front line library staff are M.E.C.C (Making Every Contact Count) trained meaning they are able to recognise and support those who are suffering. We are really keen to support our library customers, and the wider community be promoting the Health and Care Trust’s campaign.”
Dawn Stallard, from Worcestershire Healthy Minds said: “Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting but joining up with the library service provides the perfect setting to talk and get information either for yourself or someone you know. It is really important that as a community we come together to encourage and support us all to talk and get access to support when we need it.”
You can visit the Now We’re Talking team at the following locations:
- Monday 7th October: Warndon Library 10am -12pm and then at Malvern Library 2pm-4pm
- Tuesday 8th October: Bromsgrove Library 10am-12pm and then at The Hive Worcester 2pm-4pm
- Wednesday 9th October: Redditch Library 10am-12pm and then at St John’s Library 2pm-4pm
- Thursday 10th October: Kidderminster Library 10am-12pm and then at Evesham Library 2pm-4pm
You can self-refer to Worcestershire Healthy Minds by calling 0300 302 13 13 or visiting the now we're talking section of the NHS website.