Calls for Lancashire to ‘Break Boundaries’ for mental health awareness week

Mental health charity Lancashire Mind are asking businesses, communities and individuals to ‘Step Up, Stand Out’ for better mental health, taking on a fundraising and awareness raising challenge in support of all those in the county affected by mental health conditions and the boundaries they face. 

During Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May) people will be encouraged to Break Boundaries and do something out of their comfort zone.  

Previously Breaking Boundaries has had a purely physical element, but this year the charity is asking people to get creative in their fundraising. 

Emma Bateson, fundraising lead, said: “Breaking Boundaries was launched in 2020 to help raise awareness about better mental health for all; to celebrate Lancashire; and to encourage people to get active during the first lockdown whilst at the same time raising funds for us. 

“But we are also aware that not everybody wants or is able to do a physical challenge so this year we are asking people to Step Up, Stand Out and choose a fundraising activity that challenges them in different ways.”  

Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all.   

Tommy McIlravey CEO at Lancashire Mind said: “At Lancashire Mind we believe that there should be no barriers to people achieving good mental health and wellbeing and we work continually to break boundaries and lead a mental wellbeing revolution. 

“It’s important for us to help start discussions about mental health and wellbeing, and Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity for us to do that.”  

With one in four people in the UK experiencing mental health conditions each year, the work that Lancashire Mind carry out across the county is as important as ever. 

Emma continued: “We want people to have a bit of fun and the challenges don’t have to be daredevil feats like jumping out of an aeroplane, although people are welcome to do that if they wish. It could something as simple as giving up chocolate or promising to brew up for everyone in your office all week, do some public speaking, shave your head or maybe a social media detox! It’s all about having fun, spreading awareness, raising funds and showing people the support and understanding there is in Lancashire around mental health.” 

“Once you have registered, you’ll receive a pack with information, and we’ll be supporting our Boundary Breakers throughout. 

“And if you raise £40 you will even get a pair of bespoke Breaking Boundaries shoe laces to show that you Stepped up, Stood Out for better mental health. 

“The money that we raise really is important and enables us support of all those in Lancashire affected by mental health conditions and the different boundaries they face.” 

To find out how to take part in Breaking Boundaries you can go to Lancashire Mind’s social media pages or click here for more information: https://bit.ly/LMBB22