Brighter Berkshire – A Year of Mental Health 2017 launched 16th January on BBC Radio Berkshire.

A community led initiative, launched on 16th January on BBC Radio Berkshire, which aims to help increase the opportunities and support for our Berkshire population who need help with their mental health, when they need it and to build a stronger happier Berkshire population.

We are going to do this through raising awareness to reducing stigma linked to mental health issues and increase local resources for mental health.

We want to improve everyone’s mental health, using the power of networks, collaboration, sharing positive stories and combining efforts across the county to make a big impact.


Many people are signing up to just one or more pledges that they will commit to which will make a difference to mental health in the long term for Berkshire.

Take a look here at what has been pledged and why not make your own pledge and share it with us. We will post it up here and share it so you inspire others to do something too.


Here’s what our pledge map looks like so far – a brilliant widespread involvement from the Berkshire community

We are working with BBC Radio Berkshire to help profile this work and the issues in mental health. Join us and tell your friends, colleagues and family. Have lots of conversations about this issue and help beat the stigma!


Individuals, Councils, NHS, Voluntary Sector, Businesses, Arts, Sports, Schools, Universities and Colleges have started to embrace the opportunity this provides by doing a range of activities. Some are at the stage of ideas and some are in the form of pledges. Sharing these we hope will motivate and inspire others to do something too.


The media have a huge impact on peoples understanding if issues. BBC Radio Berkshire have listened to people with lived experience who have said that some of the bias of media can be damaging for the perceptions of mental health. So they have committed to a 2 hour monthly show for the year which is hosted by a group of people with lived experience of mental health problems. They will give a round up of some of the activities happening across the county and will also focus on some key issues. They are also looking at a range of other ideas.


Some of this work is beginning to cluster into themes where people from across the county are working together. We call these Brighter Berkshire Buddy Groups, click to find out more.



We will keep information about events on our Events Page.

We will manage a calendar of events and meetings happening as a result of the initiative and you can send us information of the things you will be doing and we can post it on the Events Page. Even if this is a coffee morning where you are talking about mental health and you have a picture, please send it in here.

Already each Council has signed up to host one event over the year. This means we will come together 6 times over the year sharing all the great things people are doing and making sure its making a difference.

As the initiative started in Newbury and where we held our planning event on 16th December, we will hold the last event at the end of the year in Newbury.

Recently mentioned by Richard Benyon, MP for Newbury, on Prime Minister’s Questions with a wonderful response of support from Prime Minister Theresa May.

‘It is important that we continue to raise awareness of the issues around mental health’

Our Interactive Brighter Berkshire Buddy Map will show over time where all our Buddies are helping to support this initiative.


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