Builders chat mental health for Worcestershire’s Now We’re Talking campaign

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21/02/19

Builders chat mental health for Worcestershire’s Now We’re Talking campaign

Speller Metcalfe is working in conjunction with Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

The Trust has launched the  Now We’re Talking campaign which aims to raise awareness of the Worcestershire Healthy Minds self-referral service. The service is available for people aged 16 or over living in the country who are experiencing common mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, low mood and depression. Although the service is available to all, the campaign is specifically targetting men as statistics show that they are the least likely to open up if they are struggling with their mental health.

Speller Metcalfe used the opportunity of national Time to Talk day on 7th February to raise awareness of the campaign.

Wayne Bishop, Speller Metcalfe health and safety manager, said: “We recognise that mental health is a very real issue and unfortunately is particularly prevalent in the construction industry – in fact, male construction workers are 3 times more likely to take their own lives than other men – so we are huge supporters of the Now We’re Talking campaign.”

Dawn Stallard, Team Lead for Kidderminster and Wyre Forest Healthy Minds Said, “There are many situations in a person’s life which can lead to stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, and sometimes there are no obvious causes but asking the question and starting a conversation with someone can make a big difference.”

A series of mental health first aid training sessions are to be delivered by the Trust at Speller Metcalfe’s head office and will then be presented to their site-based teams around the country.

Time to Talk Day was created to change how we all think and act about mental health problems and aims to get as many people as possible talking about mental health. For more information about the Healthy Minds service call 01905 766124 or visit

More: nowweretalking.nhs.uk; Twitter: @NowWereTalking; Facebook: @NowWereTalkingWorcs

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