Council supports Now We’re Talking Art Campaign

The logo for the Now We're Talking with Art campaign. Published Monday, 26th April 2021

Worcestershire County Council is proudly supporting a campaign, hoping to raise spirits and bring some colour to the county after a year of lockdown.

As the county slowly re-opens its doors, The Now We’re Talking Art campaign aims to spread positivity whilst highlighting mental health support.

Keeping up with this new campaign is a great way to get out, exercise and support the county’s businesses too.

There are loads of ways you can get involved including:

  • Free public outdoor art trails - There will be a series of art trails which will weave through our local high streets and open spaces starting with Worcester City in May, Redditch in July and Hereford later this summer.
  • Art and wellbeing resources - You can also access a range of art sessions and workshops from painting, mindfulness, sewing and activities for the family.

The campaign has been organised by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, which provides mental health services across both counties.

The Now We’re Talking with Art campaign has enlisted the support of a range of local partners, including businesses, art groups and local councils to brighten up Worcestershire and start the conversation around mental health.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health of Worcestershire, said: “The last 12 months have been really tough, and I hope the Now We’re Talking with Art campaign will bring a bit of brightness back into our lives.

Keeping an eye on your mental health as well as your physical health is really important. It’s okay not to feel okay and I’d urge anyone struggling to reach out and make sure you receive some help and support when you need it. There are some fantastic resources available to help make sure you get the help and support you need.”

Dawn Stallard, Team Lead within Healthy Minds, said: “Our art trail is a creative way of raising awareness of local support available throughout the community including our Healthy Minds service. 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.”

The first art trail begins in Worcester City on 1st May 2021.

You can follow the campaign on social media by the following channels and hashtags:

Facebook: @NowWereTalkingHW
Twitter: @NowWereTalking_ #NowWereTalking