Mental health support campaign reaches over 160,000

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A new campaign in Buckinghamshire supporting men who might be feeling low, anxious or worried has reached over 160,000 people in the first four weeks.

Heads Up – a campaign started by Buckinghamshire County Council to help men stay happy - has attracted nearly 3,000 people to the website and over 450 people have taken part in the online screening to assess how they might be feeling.

Martin Phillips, cabinet member for community engagement and public health at Buckinghamshire County Council said: “This is a great response and we are really pleased that the campaign has generated a lot of interest. Positive mental health is really important – especially at this time of year when we see greater numbers of men experiencing distress and anxiety. Many men can find Christmas particularly difficult to deal with if they are experiencing feelings of sadness or distress. There may also be the added pressure of money worries and keeping control of finances, as the stress and expense of Christmas start to add up in January. We hope a lot more people visit the website and get the support they need to stay happy.”

The Heads Up campaign was launched in early December in recognition of the fact that men often fail to recognise the early warning signs of mental health problems and so don’t get the help and support they need in good time. The campaign was developed with the input and involvement of local men in Bucks.

Heads Up also helps people to support men who might be feeling low, struggling with stress or money problems or feeling anxious. A dedicated section of the website called ‘Support a Man’ gives tips and information.

To visit the website go to: www.thisisheadsup.org