Launching a mental health campaign in Liverpool to support the wellbeing of residents.
Co-created by members of the public and Liverpool City Council’s public health team, the new campaign will help people boost their mental health.
Developed in response to the growing mental health needs after the pandemic, it recognizes the different levels of support required – including help for those who may not even realize they need it.
Launched in early October to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (October 3-10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10), the campaign will offer support for issues that significantly influence mental health, such as money, housing and employment issues.
The campaign visuals show positive messages in the form of light installations – illustrating the idea of ’light through dark times’.
The campaign will also provide support for other life challenges that can impact wellbeing, such as loneliness, relationship issues, bereavement, domestic violence, substance and alcohol abuse. .
Along with signage for local services, the campaign will also focus on self-care and practical actions people can take to improve their mindset.
Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health, Cllr Frazer Lake said:
“People have a lot on their minds right now, so this campaign has been designed to help them recognize if and when extra help is needed.
This will help people access the support that’s right for them, promote how to take care of their mental health, and remind people that it’s always good to share how you feel, even when you’re struggling.
Liverpool’s director of public health, Professor Matthew Ashton, said:
“Positive mental well-being is essential for good health, but due to the pandemic and the current cost of living crisis, people in Liverpool are experiencing varying degrees of mental distress.
Worry, fatigue and depletion of resilience are an ordinary response to stressful situations, but if they persist for a long time and are left untreated, they can escalate into more serious and complex conditions – so prevention is essential.
Rachel Howley, Head of Development, said: “Life is getting harder and harder for many of us right now and at Samaritans we know the difference it can often make just to have someone to talk to in confidence when you’re going through a tough time. hard.
Whether it’s the rising cost of living, feelings of isolation, or anything else that’s on your mind, we’re always available to talk to you about what’s on your mind.
“Every call for help is answered by a trained volunteer and talking to us is always free and confidential.”
The campaign is backed by Samaritans Liverpool and Merseyside, a charity which provides emotional support to anyone struggling to cope.
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