Today the Side-By-Side groups here at Getaway Girls are celebrating World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness of mental health and to challenge the stigma and discrimination that people who struggle with their emotional wellbeing experience in their lives. Everyone who comes to the group has experienced what it is like to be judged, laughed at, or avoided and ignored because of their mental health, and it is reactions like these that we want to challenge. 1 in 4 people will struggle with their mental health at some point in their lives, that’s around 16 million people just in the UK.

Here at Side-By-Side we believe that we should be able to talk openly and honestly about mental health, without fear of discrimination. By sharing stories and experiences we can help each other develop new coping strategies, and learn new ways of managing our mental health. Check out the Getaway Girls website and twitter feeds throughout today to see examples of the ways we are getting our message out.

If you are a young women aged 18-30 and think you would like to join our group give Getaway Girls a ring and speak to Beth.