VIDEO - Balloon release to raise mental health awareness

Today is World Mental Health Day and members of a Sleaford-based support group have been holding a Mental Health Awareness Week.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (October 6-10), local people were invited on Wednesday to join in a mass balloon release by members of IMPACT mental health support group from the gardens of Sleaford Foyer, where they hold their meetings. Each balloon released bore a positive mental health message written on by a member of the group.

Members of IMPACT and other mental health support groups at the Sleaford Foyer with group leaders before the balloon launch. EMN-141010-162152001

Members of IMPACT and other mental health support groups at the Sleaford Foyer with group leaders before the balloon launch. EMN-141010-162152001

Joanne Karam-Solu, a mental health project worker with IMPACT, said: “We want to raise awareness about mental health issues by asking people to think more positively about their own mental health. We released our balloons before World Mental Health Day to raise as much awareness about mental health as we can.

“With one in four adults suffering from mental health problems, we hope this balloon release will help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health by sharing people’s positive thoughts.”

After the launch people held a minute’s silence to think positive thoughts and look forward to the future.

People could also join in a treasure hunt around Sleaford starting from The Foyer and everyone could stop off for a hot drink and a bit of lunch.

Balloons bearing positive mental health messages are released outside the Sleaford Foyer. EMN-141010-162212001

Balloons bearing positive mental health messages are released outside the Sleaford Foyer. EMN-141010-162212001

Other mental health support groups based at the centre were also represented under the banner of United Together. These were Beyond The Blues, the Bi-polar Group, Hearing Voices and Crafty Bunch.

Mental Health Day is an annual global event which aims to raise awareness and educate people about mental health.