Mayor’s column 5 October

One in four of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our lives, yet it’s something so few of us feel able to talk about. Many of us face issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, even suicide but these are things we talk less about compared to other health conditions. World Mental Health Day, which takes place every year on 10th October, is an opportunity to recognise that there’s no health without mental health and try to make a change.

As part of their work, Frome Town Council aims to improve wellbeing across town. We do this by not only making Frome look great with well-kept green spaces for everyone to enjoy but by also supporting local organisations. These groups work hard to decrease social isolation or ensure that people have access to food, advice or other forms of support to be able to take part in and enjoy or support people or events in their local area.

Frome Town Council has also been looking at ways of supporting young people’s mental health, an area that seems to be poorly addressed. We know useful information, even for tech-savvy young people can often be hard to find. So, we are pleased to have been able to collate as much of this information as possible into one page on our website, which you can now see at www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/your-community/young-people-mental-health-go-help/

If you or someone you know is experiencing any kind of mental health problem it’s important to talk about it and hopefully by doing so we can start to make a difference. For further information on our work around mental health, get in touch with Nicola on 01373 480240.