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KPG encourages people to get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week

A leading charity is encouraging people to help end the stigma around mental health and spread awareness of its services.

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from May 10-16 and during the week, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group will be asking its supporters to get talking about mental health, spread awareness of its services and help raise funds so that it can continue to support people across the region.

The charity, based in West Bromwich, has organised a number of activities for people to get involved with during the week, including offering free online taster sessions of some of its training courses which cover a variety of mental health issues, health and wellbeing.

Keen photographers are being asked to share their photos of the great outdoors during the week for the chance to win a prize. The theme for this year’s campaign is nature. Spending quality time with nature has known benefits of reducing stress and helping people feel more positive. People can share their images and write a short sentence about how nature helps their own mental health, via the charity’s Instagram page @kaleidoscope_pg using the hashtag #UnwindOutside.

Fitness fanatics can also get involved whilst raising funds by taking part in a ‘One Mile a Day During the Month of May’ challenge. Participants are asked to run, walk, cycle, hope, skip or jump one mile each day from May 10 until the end of the month equating to 21 miles in total whilst raising a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

Chief Executive Monica Shafaq said: “Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health to help end the stigma that still surrounds it, with a focus on providing help and advice to those who need it.

“At KPG we’ve got lots of activities for people to get involved with. Our training taster sessions are an excellent way to find out more about what packages we can offer, whilst our fundraising challenge will be a great way to help us to continue to provide our services both now and in the future.

“This past year has seen rising numbers of people struggling with their mental health. Restrictive measures put in place during the pandemic coupled with loneliness, job and income loss, bereavement, and the direct or indirect impacts of Covid-19 has led to increased levels of anxiety and had a negative effect on many people’s mental health. As a result, we want to encourage conversations around mental health, end the stigma and let people know that at KPG we offer a range of services and we are here for anyone who needs our help who might be struggling.”

For more information about the awareness week and how you can get involved as well as any of KPG’s services visit kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

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