Postcards from Wakefield promote Mental Health Awareness Week
People are being urged to share their positive experiences of mental health - by writing about it on a postcard - as part of a new initiative in the district.
During Mental Health Awareness Week (13 – 17 May) members of the Positive Mental Health Network, which includes Wakefield Council and voluntary groups Gasped, Spectrum People and the One to One Development Trust are encouraging a dialogue about mental wellbeing.
There will be opportunities for people to write a postcard in the atrium and at Create Café at Wakefield One on Burton Street and at Trinity Walk, as well as in Lush all week. The initiative continues at Pontefract Job Centre on Tuesday, Pontefract Library on Wednesday, Manygates on Thursday and Pontefract Market on Friday.
Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council, said: "This is a great way to share ideas about what helps people to manage their mental health. It could be through taking exercise, chatting with friends or in many other ways. By getting involved and sharing our thoughts and ideas we can all help to tackle the stigma around mental health and to support one another."
The idea of using postcards has been adapted from an initiative in America, where postcards were used to counter the idea that an area had a bad reputation. People wrote positive messages and posted them around the area to re-balance all the negativity.
The postcards written in the Wakefield district will be saved and used as ongoing work across the district to destigmatise mental health.
A short film made by the group will be played on the screen in Trinity Walk throughout the week.
A guide called 'Book made in 8 minutes' and a directory can be downloaded from the 'Postcards from Wakefield' Facebook page.
For tips and advice about how people can look after their mental wellbeing, visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/mentalhealth