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2nd Aug, 2021

Calling on men to share feelings

MEN across Worcestershire are being encouraged to open up and talk about how they’re feeling as part of Men’s Health Week.

The event is part of a nationwide push to get people talking more openly about men’s health.

In Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the Now We’re Talking campaign run by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, is using the scheme to encourage men across the county to talk specifically about their mental health.

Dawn Stallard, deputy lead for the healthy minds service said: “Just like physical health, we all have mental health.

“Every one of us will face setbacks in our lives, and every one of us will face challenges which may affect our mental health.

“Men, in general, find it very difficult to talk about their feelings.”

Now We’re Talking aims to raise awareness of Healthy Minds – a service which helps people aged 16 and over in Worcestershire who are experiencing common mental health difficulties such as stress anxiety, low mood or depression.

Healthy Minds provides support online, in groups and through more traditional one-to-one counselling.

People can self-refer to the service without seeing a health professional first.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the service is running virtual group activities at the moment, which can be joined remotely from home.

Since the Now We’re Talking campaign was launched in October 2018, over 100 more men are now contacting healthy minds every month.

Visit www.nowweretalking.nhs.uk more information about the Healthy Minds.

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