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Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership are backing this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (13 to 19 May), by encouraging residents across the district to move more.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health, a short burst of 10-minute brisk walking can boost our mood and increase our mental alertness and energy*.

Dr Junaid Azam, GP, in Bradford and Associate Director of Primary Care at Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, said: “We know there are a number of benefits to moving more, not just for our physical health but also our mental health. You can go for a walk, avoid sitting down for long periods of time, if you do, try to stand up and stretch as well as walking around the room. Listen to music as this will get you moving, swimming, climbing stairs or hills. You can also visit the green spaces across the district, as this will have a positive effect on your wellbeing.”

Visit parks across Bradford www.bradforddistrictparks.org and Craven www.cravendc.gov.uk/craven-leisure/outdoor-activities

Dr Junaid Azam, continued: “By moving more, it can also help reduce our stress levels, as well as our anxiety. Regular physical activities can help improve the quality of our sleep.

“There are also a number of health benefits to moving more, by undertaking regular physical activity it will lower your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, bowel cancer, breast cancer in women, early death, osteoarthritis, hip fracture, falls, depression, and dementia.

“The partnership has teamed up with Bradford College to hold ‘Take the Mic’ night, which will take place from 4:30 to 7pm on Friday 10 May, in the Art Gallery, Lister Building, at Bradford College. The event looks to promote a safe space for young people (16+) to express themselves and raise mental health awareness. There will be different artists, singing, rapping, and reading poetry as well as some mental health information stalls.”

Tickets for ‘Take the Mic’ can be booked via the following link (please note this event is specifically for young people aged 16 and over) www.ticketsource.co.uk/bradford-district-health-and-care-partnership-healthy-minds/take-the-mic-night/e-gbadkv

Naomi Holdsworth, Operations Service Manager for NHS Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Moving more is a great way to keep your anxiety and stress levels low however we know that some people may still need additional support. If you do, please reach out to Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies, the service is for people aged 16 and over, who have anxiety and depression, and are registered with a GP in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven.

“We offer a range of options to suit individual needs, including phone advice or one-to-one course at a range of locations across the district.”

To access Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies, please visit www.bdctalkingtherapies.nhs.uk or email talkingtherapiesadmin@bdct.nhs.uk or call 01274 221234 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays).

If you need support with your mental health, please visit the Healthy Minds website www.healthyminds.services providing mental health information, advice and support in Bradford District and Craven.

Notes to editors

Mental Health Foundation

The following information has been taken from the Mental Health Foundation website www.mentalhealth.org.uk

“According to the Mental Health Foundation, UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health, have said a short burst of 10 minutes brisk walking can boost our mood and increase our mental alertness and energy*.”