Hertsmere Borough Council is supporting Time to Talk Day on Thursday 7 February to encourage everyone to talk about mental health. Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it.
Officers from the council together with Spot the Signs, Samaritans, British Transport Police, Govia Thameslink and Hertfordshire Police’s Potters Bar Safer Neighbourhood Team will be holding a walkabout in Potters Bar to spread awareness of the need to talk more openly about mental health.
Representatives from these organisations will be speaking to various local businesses, the community and residents in Potters Bar about mental health, talking about Spot the Signs training and support services that are available.
During the walkabout they will be handing out Spot the Signs bags with lots of leaflets in for anyone who may need additional help to improve their mental wellbeing.
Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that can affect us all.
“It is estimated that for every suicide around 100 people will be affected in some way. So, it’s important that we work together to encourage conversations about mental health.
“It’s a fantastic initiative that we hope will raise mental health awareness and demystify the stigma of mental health. I hope the walkabout will help spread the message about what support there is locally and encourages us all to be open about mental health issues we may be dealing with.”
The team will be out and about in Potters Bar from 8am along Darkes Lane and the surrounding areas.
If you need additional support or are concerned about a loved one visit Spot the Signs or call Samaritans 116 123 for free from any phone, any time or visit www.samaritans.org.
Posted on Monday 4th February 2019