Rotary raising awareness about mental health issues

Several members of Berwick Rotary Club are undertaking a walk along the length of Hadrian's Wall to raise awareness of emotional well-being and mental health issues.

Thursday, 3rd November 2016, 12:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 16:01 pm
Several members of the Berwick Rotary Club are undertaking a walk along the length of Hadrians Wall.

This has been prompted by the high number of suicides and self-harming incidents in the Berwick and surrounding area over the past two years.

The North East has the highest suicide rate in the country and one in four people will experience some form of mental health issue.

The club’s campaign, in partnership with Berwick Inner Wheel, was launched in the summer.

It is also planned to hold an open meeting, possibly in the town hall.

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A club spokesman said: “We haven’t got the answers, but if no one asks the questions there will never be a solution.

“So, over the next nine months, Berwick Rotary Club will be sourcing professional speakers from the field of emotional well-being to cover various related topics including anxiety, depression, self harm, suicide, change in family circumstances, stress and counselling.”

These will be informal, monthly meetings which are free of charge and open to everyone.

The first talk, entitled Talking Helps, will be held on Tuesday, November 8, at 7pm for a 7.15pm start in the Upper West Street restaurant, Berwick

All are welcome and there is no charge.