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Residents across Herefordshire urged to brighten up Blue Monday

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Monday 17th 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.

Talk Community has joined forces with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust to encourage local people to connect with their community to better support their mental health and wellbeing. 

Talk Community is bringing Herefordshire together, by ensuring that residents, businesses, community leaders and council all play their part to make Herefordshire a better place to live and work. Our communities truly are the beating heart of Herefordshire, from little acts of kindness, like looking out for our neighbours to volunteer-run community hubs across the county, offering free wellbeing information and signposting to services, groups and activities.

Councillor Pauline Crockett, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Wellbeing at Herefordshire Council, said: “The past few years have been difficult for everyone, but for some, it’s been particularly hard. There are small steps we can all take to give our mental health and wellbeing a boost and connecting with your local community is one of them. It could be something as simple as having a chat and a cuppa at one of our Talk Community Hubs, but it could make a world of difference.

“Connecting with others can help reduce loneliness, stress and depression, which is why Talk Community provides a free online directory of wellbeing information, services, groups and activities, to help you stay connected. However, if you find that things are getting too much for you, it’s okay to ask for a little extra help. The fantastic Healthy Minds, run by our colleagues at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, offers a self-referral talking therapy service, where anyone experiencing common mental health conditions, such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, can get help and support, if they need it.”

Dawn Stallard 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, connecting with the community can support mental wellbeing, but if it does get too much, please get in touch.” 

For more information about the Healthy Minds service call 0300 013 57 27 or visit www.nowweretalking.nhs.uk where you will also find a whole host of self-help guides and other resources to support your mental wellbeing.

You can follow the campaign on Twitter @NowWereTalking_ and on Facebook @NowWereTalkingHW

For more information on Talk Community, visit www.talkcommunitydirectory.org, where you can find details on hundreds of different community groups, activities and services.

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