A WARM hug is going out to the people of Redditch on the eve of World Mental Health Day this Saturday, October 10.
“Never, ever, has the day been more poignant than it is now,” said Rosie Palmer, of Mental Health Action Group Redditch (MHAG).
“The coronavirus pandemic is having an impact across society and we are seeing different people with a range of issues who would not normally identify themselves as having mental health concerns.
“They’re managing directors, managers, key workers, teachers, the list is endless and so I think the message this World Mental Health Day is take care of each other, keep talking, keep and eye out for other people and be a friend because it’s your neighbour, your brother, your sister and friends who may be suffering.”
And she added the situation was likely to get worse before it gets better.
“The impact of this is going to be with us for a long time, long after the virus has gone,” said Rosie.
“Furlough ends this month too, so many people are worried and anxious, it’s shocking.”
This Saturday MHAG has joined with big hearted Redditch group Rubbish Friends to hold a town centre litter pick.
Feel free to go up and have a chat with the team.
MHAG has also produced a directory of organisations offering help – visit www.mhagredditch.org.uk/ for details.