AROUND 100 staff from Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust took on the Worcester City Run on Sunday.
Therapists, nurses and mental health professionals pounded the Faithful City’s streets on behalf of the Now We’re Talking campaign which is led by the Trust and aims to highlight local mental health services and support.
Some were signed up to the 10k while others pushed themselves a little further in the half marathon from the Cattlemarket Car Park in the city centre.
As well as highlighting local mental health services, it also gave NHS staff the chance to get fit and active which also boosts mental health and wellbeing after the most challenging 18 months in the health service’s history.
Emma Webber, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s associate director for mental health and learning disability services, said: “It is been a really challenging year for NHS staff and we know that regular exercise can have such a positive impact on your mental health and overall wellbeing, so it was great to have so many of our staff involved in the Worcester City run.
“And as well as supporting their own wellbeing they will also be running in our bright orange Now We’re Talking t-shirts, promoting local services to other runners and spectators.”
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is the main provider of mental health/learning disability services across both counties.
One service – Healthy Minds – operates across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, supporting people experiencing more common mental health difficulties, for example stress, anxiety, low mood and depression which can affect around one in four people.
Anyone who needs support can visit www.healthyminds.whct.nhs.uk or call Worcestershire Healthy Minds on 0300 013 57 27 for more.
People do not need a referral from a GP or another healthcare professional first.
In Worcestershire the Health and Care Trust also provides services for children, community nursing services in people’s homes, and runs the county’s community hospitals which support people who do not require acute care but neither can they be safely treated at home.
The Trust also runs sexual health services and community dental care across Worcestershire.