Sefton residents and groups are being invited to share their favourite places to promote positive mental wellbeing as part of the 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign.
The campaign aims to uncover the parts of Sefton that have a positive influence on people’s mental health. This could be activities at a specific centres, a favourite part of the coast or a special place that puts your mind at ease.
From what people share, the campaign will compile a positive mental health map of Sefton, showing the places where people go to feel better and, in turn, help reduce the social isolation that can often be a symptom of depression.
To get involved and help create the map, send details about your favourite place and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil using the hashtag #30DaysofSeftonInMind or alternatively email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether it’s somewhere you go to exercise, your favourite place to spend time with your family or even a quiet place you like to go for some alone time, the campaign wants to know about the happiest places in Sefton as well as the local groups that help to promote positive mental wellbeing.
The 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign covers the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10). The campaign aims to use this 30 period to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.
The campaign is led by Sefton Council and supported by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Sefton Council for Voluntary Service and Living Well Sefton.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Last year the 30 Days of Sefton in Mind was hugely successful with more than 100, 000 people viewing the campaign on social media.
“Poor mental health can present itself in many different ways and for that reason the methods people use to deal with it can be very different. Unfortunately, social isolation and depression often come hand in hand. We hope that by creating a positive mental health map, we can signpost not only to services, but also to locations that can truly promote a positive state of mind.”
Karen Nolan, Co-ordinator of Living Well Sefton, added: “Our Living Well partners offer activities, groups and services throughout Sefton which help to bring people together and make them feel better.”