TrustSTFC Backing 2019 Local Campaign for Men’s Mental Health Awareness
The Trust are proud to be supporting a new Swindon-based awareness campaign that focuses on raising awareness of men’s mental health.
Plans are in place to launch the full marketing material ahead Mental Health Awareness Week in May, calling on people to to speak to friends, family and colleagues about how they’re feeling, as well as hints and tips on how to spot signs relating to changes in someone’s behaviour.
The campaign will be lead by local businesses and the community, supported by the council.
Trust Board Member, Alex Pollock, has been involved in the planning and is helping to activate the programme this year: “There’s a real stigma around mental health, particularly for men.
“When you look at the statistics available, about 75% of those who take their own lives across the country are male. Within our local area, a large proportion of those men are not known to available services or our local healthcare system.
“The aim of our campaigning this year will be to support healthier conversations of mental health and wellbeing.”
Focus group sessions were held in December with local men to gain their thoughts and views on how best to approach the topic, and a survey has now been launched to help find the right message.
The 3 most popular agreed-upon statements to lead the campaign are being put to a public vote, which will shape the direction.
Members of the public in Swindon are being encouraged to vote on which they feel is the best, and can do so before January 21st 2019.
To vote, please head to: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/votemensmentalhealth/
For details and information on where to get support for mental health locally, please click here.