From this week ‘Are You Ok?’ cards, a new resource to raise awareness about mental health and the support available, are being distributed to taxi drivers in North East Lincolnshire in a bid to improve the emotional wellbeing of residents in this area.
The cards are designed to help people keep themselves emotionally well and to direct them to where to go if they need help. The information included in the cards is based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing; an international set of behaviours that promote good mental health and feeling well. The Five Ways are; Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Give. These are supported by a group of local services whose details are also included in the card, meaning that people can get the right help in times of emotional need.
The campaign asks taxi drivers to hand them out at the end of the journey, whilst giving change or a receipt to their customers. Taxi drivers often witness and talk to people who are upset, unhappy, or in crisis. These cards are for everyone and contain key information that can be applied and support emotional wellbeing.
Cllr Hyldon King, portfolio holder for health, wellbeing and adult social care said: “I am in full support of the development of the work to improve mental health and wellbeing in North East Lincolnshire. Taxi drivers see many people in a day and often have different conversations each time. Having these cards available will mean that if a taxi driver thinks that someone could use some support, they will be able to hand them one and they will be pointed to the right service.
“We hope that by offering more information about emotional wellbeing and available services, people in North East Lincolnshire will be able to get the support they need as soon as possible , preventing their situation getting any worse. ”
For more information about the project please call Claire Thompson, Communications and Marketing team on 01472 326140 in the first instance.