Mersey Care NHS Trust , one of the leading mental health providers in the country, has launched a call to action for everyone to join together and make a statement against stigma.
Just weeks after becoming one of the first mental health trusts to launch a zero suicide policy, Mersey Care’s successful Big Brew campaign – which urges people to talk about their problems over a cuppa and seek help – has organised a 5km Talk Walk as part of the build-up to World Mental Health Day on 10 October.
The Talk Walk will take place at Aintree Racecourse on Sunday 4 October, 2015. Gates open at 12 noon, and the walk starts at 1.00pm.
They want the people of Sefton to come together at Aintree Racecourse, the home of the Grand National, and make a stand against the stigma surrounding mental health that sometimes prevents people with problems seeking help and advice.
“We have a vast amount of data on suicide prevention and there is clear evidence that there is a public perception that suicide is inevitable, but that is something we have to change,” said Joe Rafferty, Mersey Care’s Chief Executive.
“Instead of just accepting that, we want everyone to join together at Aintree on Sunday and make a collective stand against the stigma surrounding mental health that often stops those with suicidal thoughts asking for help.
“Early intervention can make a real difference in saving lives, but many people are denied that by a fear of being stigmatised for admitting they are struggling.
“If we can get as many people as possible to the 5km walk next Sunday, we can all make the first steps together to stamp out stigma and help eliminate suicide.”
Gates open at mid-day and Leanne and Dave, the presenters of Radio City’s popular breakfast programme, will welcome all those involved before the walk begins at 1.00pm. There will be entertainment from local singers and a marketplace will provide further information on the Big Brew and Talk Liverpool, a talk therapy service for the city.
Refreshments are available at the bar, while everyone who takes part in the walk will receive a free cuppa from the Big Brew. Anyone wanting to register for the walk can do so by visiting the Talk Walk event page.
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