A new campaign is being launched to get children and young people in Hertfordshire to ‘Just Talk’ about their mental health.
Health, council and voluntary organisations across the county are working together to promote Just Talk, with schools holding special assemblies, Just Talk lessons and inviting guest speakers in to share the Just Talk message.
Young people were behind the Just Talk name and helped design the logo and it officially launched on Monday 22 January.
National mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn, known as the ‘Strangers on the Bridge’ after Neil stopped and talked to Jonny when he was on the brink of taking his own life, have backed Just Talk:
“The first time that I talked was actually to Neil really, when I was on a bridge and I wasn’t well and I was suicidal so that was the first time that I opened up,” said Jonny. “I would encourage anyone that’s struggling to Just Talk and I really get behind this because talking has been the best thing that I’ve ever done, it’s been the most important thing that I’ve ever done and I wish that I’d talked earlier."
National and local research and data back the need for a focus on emotional wellbeing and mental health of boys and young men, encouraging them to open up and get support with their mental health.
Watch Jonny and Neil talking about #JustTak and find more information at www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/justtalk
Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #JustTalk