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Media enquiriesIf you are a member of the media then contact us by email: whcnhs.communications@nhs.net or on: 01905 760020 or 07882 725082.

Worcestershire gets talking on Time to Talk Day

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Time to Talk Day is part of a nation-wide push to get people talking more openly about mental health for one day. Thursday 7th February saw the vibrant orange of Now We’re Talking popping up across the county!

Now We’re Talking aims to raise awareness of Healthy minds a service which helps people aged 16 and over in Worcestershire who are experiencing common mental health conditions such as stress anxiety, low mood or depression – issues which affect 50,000 in Worcestershire alone. 

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many of us are too afraid to talk about it. Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting but Now We’re Talking provided the tools to break the ice and start the conversation. Click here for more

Residents across the county have been urged to brighten up Blue Monday and get active to support their mental wellbeing.

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Monday 21st January has been awarded the gloomy ‘Blue Monday’ title due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. 

Worcestershire provides a service called Healthy Minds, a self-referral service run by the Worcestershire Health and Care Trust for Worcestershire residents aged 16+ experiencing common mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression.

Sarah Jenks a Physiological Wellbeing Practitioner from the Healthy Minds team said: “January can be a difficult time for many people; especially those experiencing financial hardship, or poor mental or physical health.”

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A Bromsgrove man has urged people to speak up about their mental health ahead of the ‘most depressing day of the year.’

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Dan Pendry-Moore is supporting the county’s Now We’re Talking campaign which is raising awareness of Worcestershire Healthy Minds - a free, NHS-run service supporting people with more common issues such as stress and anxiety.

 The Healthy Mind service offers group therapy, online support or if required 1:1 counselling. You can self-refer to the service without seeing a health professional first. 

Dan, who accessed Healthy Minds a couple of years ago, has shared his experiences to help encourage others in the same position to get the help they need. 

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More people using County’s Minor Injuries Units

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Latest figures show that attendances were up at the county’s Minor Injuries Units at the end of 2018.

Over 1,000 people visited the units in Malvern and in Bromsgrove in December, and there were also increases in the number of people using the units at Evesham and Tenbury compared with the same period in the previous year.

MIUs can treat minor burns, strains, sprains, grazes and small cuts and wounds. Average waiting times are just 20 minutes and they all have x-ray facilities although opening times for those vary from unit to unit. 

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Media enquiriesIf you are a member of the media then contact us by email: whcnhs.communications@nhs.net or on: 01905 760020 or 07882 725082.