Top level support has flooded in for the Yorkshire Evening Post’s important new campaign encouraging people to talk about mental health and help combat the damaging social stigma surrounding the issue.
The #SpeakYourMind campaign launched this week and we are calling on people to get talking about mental health.
Leading figures across the city have already backed #SpeakYourMind - and you can get involved too by using our campaign hashtag and posting on Twitter, Facebook and social media.
Leader of Leeds City Council, Coun Judith Blake, said: “The YEP’s #SpeakYourMind campaign is a welcome addition to the wide range of work in Leeds to make sure mental health is a key element in our commitment to be a compassionate city with a strong economy.”
The campaign launched as the YEP revealed this week that 85,000 people over 18 in Leeds have a mental health disorder.
Dr Sara Munro, chief executive of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted the YEP is joining us in campaigning to challenge misconceptions often held about mental health and helping to reduce the stigma faced by so many.
“Raising awareness of mental health encourages greater understanding and we hope that people from across Leeds will get involved.” Throughout our campaign, businesses can also pledge their support to the Mindful Employer Leeds initiative, which is calling on employers to allow members of staff to speak out about their mental health issues in the workplace.
Peter Slee, vice chancellor at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Leeds Beckett University provides a range of services to our employees and students to enable them to meet the mental health challenges they may face.
“We are proud to support Mindful Employer and the YEP’s #SpeakYourMind campaign.”
Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves said: “I am delighted to support the YEP’s #Speakyourmind campaign, too many people suffer in silence with mental health issues and feel they cannot share their experiences.
“We all need to do far more to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health and to encourage people to speak freely about their problems.”
Here are four ways you can help us to make a real change:
1. Pledge your support – Let everyone know you’re backing the campaign by using the hashtag #SpeakYourMind on social media.
2. Share your story – Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your experiences and why you think it’s time to #Speakyourmind.
3. Donate to The Leeds Fund – This year Leeds Community Foundation’s The Leeds Fund is focusing on mental health projects in our city. Click here to make a donation.
4. Become a Mindful Employer – Sign your businesses or organisation up to the Mindful Employer Leeds initiative so that staff can speak out about their mental health issues without prejudice.