Council backs campaigns to end stigma about mental health
Forest of Dean District Council is lending its support to the nationwide Place2Be Children’s Mental Health Week which aims to tackle the stigma surrounding young people with mental health issues.
The theme of this year’s week-long campaign – which began on 4 February and runs until 10 February - is ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, encouraging everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds. The organisers are encouraging as many schools as possible to get involved and shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
During the same time frame the national ‘Time to Change’ campaign is inviting the public to arrange events for this year’s ‘Time to Talk Day’ on Thursday 7 February which brings together people for a conversation about mental health. Whether it’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, they want to encourage frank and open discussion of a topic that is often ignored.
Cllr Alan Grant, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, urges schools and residents to get involved in these initiatives:
“About one in four people will experience a mental health problem this year, and learning a bit about mental health might make it easier to be there for someone who needs help. In fact, experience has shown that a positive attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.
“Here in the Forest we believe that the Children’s Mental Health Week and the Place2Be ‘Time to Talk’ day are very useful as a means of bringing children and adults with mental health problems to the fore, and reassuring them that help is available.”
For more details about the Place2Be Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 see https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/spread-the-word/ . For details of the ‘Time to Talk’ day on 7 February please go to https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/