YEP Says: Groundswell of support for our health campaign #SpeakYourMind

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We knew there would be a groundswell of support for our #SpeakYourMind campaign. After all, mental health issues affect many families across all communities.

But we must admit we were surprised by the strength of the positive reaction to the first of our series of articles which were published yesterday.

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service is supporting the Mindful Employer Leeds initiative - which is part of the YEP's new #SpeakYourMind campaign
  Mark Dixon, WYFRS health & safety manager

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service is supporting the Mindful Employer Leeds initiative - which is part of the YEP's new #SpeakYourMind campaign Mark Dixon, WYFRS health & safety manager

People, it seems, were grateful for the fact that we are attempting to break down barriers to mental health. Despite the that fact our society is supposed to be more open, caring and sharing than ever, many of us are, in fact, putting on an act for the rest of the world.

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In a society where many of us still shy away from or avoid someone experiencing a mental health problem, you agreed with us that it was important to focus on this issue.

All of us will be affected by mental illness in some way or form, either through suffering ourselves or watching a family member suffer.

People with mental health problems say that the social stigma attached to mental ill health can make their difficulties worse.

In today’s Yorkshire Evening Post we report on last night’s event when Tom Riordan of Leeds City Council, former Downing Street press chief Alastair Campbell and former footballer Clarke Carlisle spoke in Leeds about their struggles.

With their help we can demolish the stigma around mental health.

Video: Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Tricia Thorpe, Anti-stigma Coordinator and Mat Dale, Director

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