Council re-launches Mental Health & Wellbeing Champions on World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day, last week, the council hosted a Health and Mind Matters Event in partnership with Job Centre Plus. The event offered the council the perfect opportunity to re-launch the Mendip's Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions.

Health and Mind MattersAt the last Mendip Cabinet meeting, Cabinet agreed to continue to support the Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions and re-launch them at the Health & Mind Matters Event. The new Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions are Cllr Helen Sprawson-White and Cllr Laura Waters.

The purpose of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions are to raise awareness of the issues around mental ill health across the district and tackle the stigma. By raising awareness amongst staff, councillors and residents of Mendip of the issues, the council can contribute in creating a positive environment and offer effective support.

Mendip District Council appointed Champions in 2016 which had resulted in increased networking and raised awareness in both the District and councils across the UK. Following the change in leadership at the elections earlier this year, the new Cabinet were keen to continue to support the scheme to influence positive actions and seek to improve the health and wellbeing within the communities of Mendip.

Cllr Helen Sprawson-White, Chair of Mendip District Council and one of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions, said: "I'm very proud to be appointed as one of the councils Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions. It is a great opportunity for me to advocate the importance of mental wellbeing, as well as contribute in making a positive different to the lives of the people of Mendip."

The Health & Mind Matters event held at the district council last week, welcomed almost 100 people and they were greeted by local Mendip organisations including Fusion Leisure, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP), Love Food Hate Waste, Dorothy House, Positive People, CAP Debt Help and many more. These organisations offered information, advice and support around Mental Health and Wellbeing. There was even live music from the Uke-A-Lady band.

Cllr Heather Shearer, Portfolio Holder for Community Health said: "I believe this role is vital in helping to tackle the stigma around mental health in Mendip. The Champions and I are keen to make a different by working with the many amazing local organisations and groups like the ones who kindly attended the Health & Mind Matter Event to support our communities."

Ensure you follow the council on Twitter to stay up to date with what the Champions are up to. Please tag us in your posts and use the hashtag #MendipWellness.

Find out more about the Champions by reading the Cabinet paper here: Monday, 7 October 2019

Find out more about the Health and Mind Matters Event here: Free Health & Wellbeing event on World Mental Health Day