Mental Health Campaign
fills Redditch with colour
Local artists fill the town with colour in July to promote mental health.
The Redditch Town Art Trail aims to provide a colourful, inspiring and covid safe journey around the town, while raising awareness of mental health.
Following the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the installations of fine art, photography, craft, murals and more will reflect ‘nature and the environment’.
From the 1st - 31st July, colourful exhibits will be put on display in shop windows and outdoor spaces alongside information on how to access support for your mental health.
Bringing together art, exercise and mental health, ‘Now We’re Talking with Art’ aims to highlight ways to maintain wellbeing, self-help and signpost to additional support if it’s needed.
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the main providers of mental health services across Herefordshire and Worcestershire are teaming up with Redditch County Council and a host of local partners and businesses for the Redditch leg of the campaign.
They want to encourage the local community to get arty to support their mental health and wellbeing, through art based mental health resources, including mindfulness colouring sheets and live art classes.
For more information and to download your map click here.
Ken Williams, general manager at Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch, said: “Supporting the local community is a priority for the team at Kingfisher. Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust provide an invaluable service to our local community, so we are delighted to be able to support them with the ‘Now We’re Talking with Art’ campaign. We’re looking forward to the colourful exhibits being displayed in a number of available units around the centre, and joining the wider town centre to encourage more people to seek support for their mental health through creative outlets.”
Emily from Artist Club House says: “I truly believe that positivity and happiness is linked to creativity and hobbies. If I can help to inspire people to seek help and be creative that would be amazing. I have always struggled with my own mental health and part of my journey has been how being creative has helped me smile through difficult times. I would like to encourage other people to do the same and I think the NHS Now We’re Talking with Art campaign marries those ideas perfectly, I’m so excited to be a part of it and to spread awareness of all the different support you can find to help support you.”
Dawn Stallard, Team Lead within Healthy Minds, said: “There are many situations in a person’s life which can lead to stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, and sometimes there are no obvious causes but asking the question and starting a conversation with someone can make a big difference.”
You can contact the Healthy Minds teams without needing to see another health professional first. If you live in Worcestershire call 0300 013 57 27 and for Herefordshire residents call 01432 220 507. Alternatively visit the Healthy Minds website for more information www.healthyminds.whct.nhs.uk.
Health and Care NHS Trust also runs a 24/7 mental health helpline for anyone in need of urgent advice and support which can be accessed by calling 01905 681 915 (24 hrs a day 365 days a year). For more information visit www.hacw.nhs.uk
Visit the Now We’re Talking with Art Facebook event page for up-to-date information on the trail including sneak peaks at artists involved and the trail route! You can follow the campaign on Twitter @NowWereTalking and on Facebook @NowWereTalkingHW