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Spalding poster campaign to show solidarity for Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental health advocates are hoping to spark a conversation about the topic with a poster campaign in Spalding town centre.

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week and, ahead of that, Spalding’s Community Mind Matters group is teaming up with shops and businesses to try to show solidarity with those who face issues such as anxiety and depression.

So far, there are ten shops who have stepped forward to display the posters - a number which has already met the target set by Community Mind Matters’ Vanessa Browning.

Lutero Mariano of Ink Warrior in New Road, which is supporting the campaign. (56400830)
Lutero Mariano of Ink Warrior in New Road, which is supporting the campaign. (56400830)

The idea is to make a prominent gesture of support to people who suffer from mental health complaints - and let them know that help is out there.

Vanessa explained: “I am hoping it makes them feel that it’s OK to talk about it and even ask for help.

“A lot of people don’t reach out. They are too scared and they struggle on and put a brave face on.

“I really want the stigma to end. It’s OK not to be OK.

“People just think ‘I can’t talk about it because people will judge me’ and sometimes workplaces can be really really hard for people, for example.

“There’s so many people scared and I understand that.

“They are scared to say they have depression and feel they have failed but they really haven’t.”

Click Flowers is also supporting the poster campaign. (56400827)
Click Flowers is also supporting the poster campaign. (56400827)

Community Mind Matters has the mental health bench in Ayscoughfee Gardens and runs regular walks to help people get out of the house and chat.

Tattoo parlour Ink Warrior in New Road, Bookmark in The Crescent and the Castle Sports Complex are among the places to sign up to promote the posters so far.

Vanessa said that while businesses demonstrate they are a welcoming environment by putting the poster up, there is no pressure on them to offer any support themselves.

Any shop or business who wants to take part and display a poster in their premises should email Info@communitymindmatters.co.uk or call Vanessa on 07376 157004.

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