For World Mental Health Day, Barnsley Council is continuing the conversation around mental health and wellbeing with the #AlrightPal campaign.
The campaign's key message is that talking about how people are feeling helps everyone to be more honest and understanding. It focuses on breaking the taboo around talking about mental health helping to connect people, so they know that they aren't alone when facing issues, and there is lots of help and support available.
To mark the awareness day, the council shared a video of Lucy as she spoke about her mental health experiences. One thing that really helped Lucy to improve her wellbeing was reaching out and talking to someone she trusted. Lucy's mum helped her to get the support she needed and together they've found a passion for animals which helps the pair to bond and enjoy time to themselves. Take a look at the video on the council's YouTube or social media channels by searching #AlrightPal.
Lucy isn't alone in her experience of poor mental health; a new Public Health England survey revealed that more than eight in ten (83%) people have experienced feeling anxious, stressed, having low moods or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months.
To help combat this, the Barnsley Council is keen to support the Public Health England #EveryMindMatters campaign, sharing simple steps for a healthier mind! Visit EveryMindMatters.co.uk to find out how to reframe unhelpful thoughts, be in the present, get good sleep, connect with others, live a healthy life and do something for yourself. It doesn't have to be overwhelming either, start by taking the quiz to get your free mind plan, designed to help you feel more in control, deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood and improve your sleep.
Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: "We're proud of the support available in Barnsley for people who are experiencing poor mental health. There are some fantastic community groups, charities and organisations out there that work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide a range of support. We're continuing to urge residents to talk about mental wellbeing to make a difference to someone's life; even a simple conversation helps to make it okay to talk."
To find out more about support services in the borough visit barnsley.gov.uk/AlrightPal.