New project asks Bedfordians to share their mental health and wellbeing strategies during lockdown

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Ben Salmons (left) has launched the campaign to help other people through lockdown

A new social media initiative encouraging people to look after their mental health and wellbeing has been launched by Ben Salmons, the founder of the Break the Stigma campaign.

The coronavirus lockdown has been a struggle for many people, whatever their mental health.

The idea behind the ELFT project is for people to share the things that are helping them to cope mentally during this challenging and uncertain time in the hope it could encourage or inspire others with ideas that may then help them too.

“Exercise is something that has always helped me particularly when I have been unwell mentally in the past,” said Ben.

“Back in March I didn’t go out for a walk for a few weeks and wasn’t exercising as much, but after encouragement from a family member, we go for a walk everyday now and I am back exercising which has really boosted my mood.”

Anyone wanting to take part can download the printable sheet and write their own message.

“If you then take a selfie with it or if you prefer to, just take a photograph of the message and then please upload it to social media, so we can share these messages to help as many people as possible,” said Ben.

When uploading to social media please tag in these accounts with the hashtag #Lookafteryourmentalhealth so your message can be shared:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LetsBeOpenAboutMentalHealth
Twitter (ELFT): @NHS_ELFT www.twitter.com/NHS_ELFT
Twitter (Break the Stigma): @LetsBreakStigma www.twitter.com/LetsBreakStigma

Ben added:  “If you don’t have a printer please feel free to create your own version of the sheet to use instead.

“If you don’t have a social media account no worries either, you can email your photo and/or photo of your message to me and I can upload it to social media for you.”

You can download the sheet here.

Send your email to ben.salmons@nhs.net.


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