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Newspaper relaunches mental health campaign with ‘renewed focus’

A city daily has relaunched its campaign to improve the state of mental health on its patch.

Over the past 12 months, the Yorkshire Evening Post’s #SpeakYourMind campaign has focused on ending the stigmatisation of people with mental health issues .

Now the YEP is planning to put a “renewed focus” on helping to raise awareness and understanding of mental health problems, providing people with information to spot the signs and symptoms and pointing out where sufferers can get help.

The relaunch was announced on Tuesday to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

The campaign was launched in October last year

The campaign was launched in October last year

Editor Hannah Thaxter said: “We’re delighted to launch the new focus today for our #SpeakYourMind campaign.

“Mental health affects so many people in Leeds, and breaking down stigma had to be our first aim.

“I believe we managed to achieve a great deal in our first 12 months, and we’ll now continue to help raise awareness and hopefully see mental health rise to the top of the agenda nationally and locally.”

Earlier this week HTFP reported the Eastern Daily Press has joined the Mental Health Media Charter, which urges “responsible and stigma-free” reporting of mental health issues.