Local sports legend encourages Leeds residents to take part in #MindMay8 Thunderclap

In the lead up to Mental Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 May), the local NHS is urging Leeds residents to take part in a social media campaign to raise awareness of the support available to young people for their mental health and wellbeing.

The #MindMay8 Thunderclap campaign is supported by international and local rugby legend Jamie Peacock MBE, who is keen to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for young people in Leeds.

Jamie, who is now Head of Rugby at Hull Kingston Rovers, said: “By taking part in the #MindMay8 Thunderclap, you will raise awareness of the support available to young people in Leeds, to help with their mental health and wellbeing.

“People can donate a tweet or Facebook update, and your post will go live on Tuesday 8 May. It’s important that young people are aware of the MindMate website, as it offers tips and tools to support self-help and offers clear sign posting to services in Leeds. The website includes a section for parents and professionals who work with young people.”

Jane Mischenko, Commissioning Lead for Children & Maternity Services at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The #MindMay8 Thunderclap is a great way to raise awareness of the support available to young people in Leeds, and to have Jamie backing the campaign is fantastic and will really help us promote the importance of young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

“The MindMate website has a wealth of resources, which young people can use for support and advice; it also directs them to local services.”

Support the #MindMay8 Thunderclap by visiting www.thunderclap.it/projects/69681-mindmay8

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MindMate website

MindMate is a dedicated mental health and emotional wellbeing website (https://www.mindmate.org.uk/) in Leeds for young people (age 12 – 25), parents and professionals who work with young people.

Jamie Peacock MBE

Jamie is an English professional rugby league footballer who played for the Leeds Rhinos, and Bradford Bulls in the Super League, and captained both Great Britain, and England at international level. After retiring at the end of the 2015 season he became football manager at Hull Kingston Rovers but resumed his playing career towards the end of the 2016 season.

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