Send a postcard for Mental Health Awareness Week

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week (10th-16th May), the Positive Mental Health Network in Wakefield is inviting everyone to take part in their ‘Postcards from Wakefield’ project to get more people talking about mental health.

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Supported by Spectrum People, Wakefield Council and others, this project encourages people to use postcards to write positive messages, poems, or drawings and share it with others – whether it be a family member, friend, colleague, neighbour, or stranger – with the aim of spreading positivity, building links between more people, and opening up conversations about mental health.

As the theme for the week is nature, the project is also encouraging residents to consider how they could tie this into participating in the project -with suggestions of craft pieces, knitted hearts, or messages on pebbles being left where appropriate in communities, as a reminder that someone cares.

Spectrum People

Spectrum People, our Wakefield-based charity, has helped to lead the project. Bridget Gill, Charity Manager, added: “Appletree Garden which we run in Agbrigg has attracted many people since it reopened on 30 March, so we can really appreciate the power nature has on mental health and self-care. That’s why this year we wanted the Postcards from Wakefield project to offer a great reason to explore the many green spaces on offer around the district, as well as help spread positive messages and open up conversations on mental health. We really hope lots of people take up the opportunity to get involved.”

During Mental Health Awareness Week from 10-16 May, the Positive Mental Health Network will also be circulating printed postcard templates to schools and community venues to encourage people to take part, alongside sharing submissions on social media, and taking part in the Mental Health Foundation’s national campaign.

Spread the word

To promote our campaign for Mental Health Awareness Week, please email photos of your Postcards to hello@postcardsfromwakefield.org or share on social media using the hashtag #PostcardsfromWakefield (Facebook) or #FromWakefield (Twitter).