Billboards to highlight new mental health awareness campaign in Wellingborough
Two businesses are working with Mind to help the community
Two businesses have joined forces with Mind, the mental health charity, to launch a campaign in Wellingborough to raise awareness about mental health.
All Things Management and Medigold Healthcare have teamed up with Mind to start #WellingboroughCares to highlight support available to anyone struggling in the town.
Ben Thomas from All Things Management said he knew of several people affected by suicide in Wellingborough and said: "I want #WellingboroughCares to raise awareness and help those suffering and to let them know that they are not alone.
"Many, many people have gone through mental health challenges and have come out the other side and there are others that are still suffering but luckily have a support network to help them.
"Wellingborough is a small market town, but we are a community and at times of adversity and sadness we come together to help each other."
The campaign will start on Thursday with billboards on the Embankment and there is a campaign video.
Volunteers will also help distribute leaflets highlighting national and local mental health statistics.
Alex Goldsmith, chief executive of Medigold Health, said: "Ben contacted me to assist with some of the statistics and as soon as I knew why he wanted them, I wanted to be involved.
"We are seeing an increase in mental health challenges in the workplace so this campaign is a great initiative and one we are proud to be associated with."
The campaign was inspired by an increase in suicides in Wellingborough.
The latest available figures from the Office of National Statistics show there were sadly 11 deaths from suicide in Wellingborough in 2018.
A decade earlier, in 2008, there were four deaths.
The campaign has joined up with Mind to ensure there is help for anyone struggling. The Crisis Cafe in Havelock Street is open on Thursday and Friday between 5pm and 10pm and on Saturdays between 2pm and 8pm.
There is also a suicide support group for anyone affected in the Rushden Mind office.
Local charity WeMindAndKellyMatters, set up in the memory of Kelly Hewitt, will be running a project called SAFE to offer awareness courses and training in the Wellingborough and East Northants area.