A mental health stall was set up at Dewsbury Market to give out help and advice to shoppers on a range of mental health issues. The stall was organised by staff from South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust to mark Mental Health Action Week – which takes place this week 16-22nd April.
Visitors to the market had the chance learn about different mental health problems and get information on services that are available in Dewsbury to help people with mental health problems and their carers.
PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison) worker Jackson Lynn, who helped to man the stall said, "We decided to celebrate Mental Health Action Week by coming to the heart of Dewsbury and raising awareness about mental health issues among local people. Lots of people have been interested in the stall – many people have taken leaflets or come for a chat. Hopefully we’re reducing the stigma around mental health problems and making sure people know that there is help out there."
Jackson continues, "We’re also hoping to let local people know what the PALS service is and how we can help them. The PALS team at South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust is a vital link for people with mental health problems. We can direct people to a range of services in the community that can help them, as well as providing help and advice on issues affecting them."
Mental Health Action Week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation, visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk for further details.