Thursday, 26 May 2022
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Thursday, 26 May 2022

Wear It Blue for 9-15 May Mental Health Awareness Week

MENTAL health charity West Kent Mind is asking people across the community to Wear It Blue for better mental health this Mental Health Awareness Week, 9-15 May 2022.

In any given year 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem and following the pandemic, the figure in recent years is likely to be higher. It is more important than ever to raise awareness about mental health, to understand how to support ourselves and others, and how to access support. West Kent Mind has seen an increase in demand for services of around 40% in the last year, and global events continue to impact our mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness Week, 9-15 May, is an opportunity to turn the spotlight on mental health, to get people talking openly and honestly about mental health with family, friends and colleagues, and to create supportive communities where everyone can talk feel empowered to seek help when they need it.

It is also an opportunity to raise vital funds to support West Kent Mind’s work in the community, providing services such as affordable counselling, specialist support programmes and a wide range of social and activity groups.

Get involved and Wear It Blue

  • Pick a day during Mental Health Awareness Week 9-15 May 2022, show your support and wear something blue!
  • Donate to West Kent Mind to support vital services for local people: To donate £5 text WKM5 to 70085, To donate £10 text WKM10 to 70085
  • Visit the JustGiving campaign page.
  • Share your pics with West Kent Mind! Tag @westkentmind in your photos and use the hashtag #wearitblueforWKM. The social media frame can be downloaded from the West Kent Mind website.
  • Start a conversation, talk and listen. Small conversations have the power to make a big difference.

Kate Barnes, Fundraising Manager, said:

“We are asking individuals, families, schools and businesses to dig out your favourite blue jumper, button up a blue shirt, pull on some blue socks and grab your lucky blue pants, and join us in wearing it blue for better mental health! Help us to raise awareness, understanding and vital funds. Any donation that you can make will make a real difference, supporting local people experiencing mental health problems.”

The West Kent Mind team will also be out in the community in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells stations on Tuesday 10 May to signpost to the support on offer.

The charity is also offering a free online well-being session on Wednesday 11 May. Learn positive strategies for coping with challenges and practical tools for promoting mental wellbeing. Everyone welcome. Wednesday 11 May 12-1pm on zoom.

Email: training@westkentmind.org.uk to book a place.

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