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Now We're Talking

About Us

In October 2018 Worcestershire Health and Care Trust launched 'Now We're Talking', a mental health campaign to encourage our communities, to talk and seek support when experiencing lower level mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression. The campaign also aims to raise awareness of Worcestershire Healthy Minds, a self-referral service run by the Trust for local people aged 16+, experiencing common mental health conditions, as its estimated these sorts of issues affect around 50,000 people in Worcestershire alone. 

As well as raising awareness of the local service available, the campaign will encourage people to support their mental well-being, to talk and open up about mental health and, working with partners will contribute to the aim of reducing the stigma around mental health.

Following a successful first year of campaigning, this has already had a positive impact on the community with a 93% increase in self-referrals. The trust has since launched ‘Now We’re Talking for Parents’ Mental Health’ to raise awareness of perinatal mental health and encourage pregnant women and families to talk and seek support when experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties.

Introducing DadPad:

DadPad is free online information pack developed by dads for dads; helping fathers across Herefordshire and Worcestershire prepare for family life and tackles the mental health issues which can affect new parents. The app is available to download from App store or Google Play story and covers a range of topics, such as, breastfeeding support, awareness of mental health difficulties, the anxiety and frustrations that come with parenthood. As well as hands-on advice on nappy changing and surviving with no sleep! It aims to provide new fathers with guidance on how to develop the mind-set, confidence and practical skills needed to meet their baby’s physical and emotional needs.

Visit: https://thedadpad.co.uk/app to download for FREE

Get Involved!

By volunteering you are our representative in your area. Anyone who has a desire to inspire the next generation can be a volunteer.

Your main role is to increase awareness of 'Now We're Talking' and the importance of Healthy Minds through supporting us online, through social media and at events. Being a ‘Now We’re Talking’ champion is an important role therefore the main qualities that all champions need are enthusiasm and commitment, along with a passion for making a difference.

If you are interested in signing up as a Now We’re Talking champion please email whcnhs.volunteers@nhs.net

Tell us your story

We are always looking for inspirational stories to add to our library of real life case studies which we can use to highlight the importance of talking about mental health. A key factor is the use of real people and their personal experiences of mental health.

If you know anyone who would be willing to share their story for a very worthy cause, please contact us at whcnhs.communications@nhs.net

Social Media

You can follow the campaign on Twitter (@NowWereTalking_) and on Facebook (@NowWereTalkingWorcs)

Real Life Stories

‘Now Steve’s Talking’ Click here to read his story

‘Now Johns Talking’ Click here to read his story

‘Now Johns Talking’ Click here to read his story

Gallery

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