Feeling down? Don’t stress. Don’t panic. It’s OK to be blue.
That’s the theme of a blue-themed initiative to raise awareness and funds for mental health charity York Mind.
It’s OK To Be Blue launches today (March 26) with a shopping event in Stonegate, with most of the events happening this Friday, March 28.
York Mind intends to reassure people struggling with their mental health that it is fine to feel the need for extra support.
“It’s so important for people to feel they can be open about their mental health and It’s OK To Be Blue aims to celebrate this,” said Bridie Wray, York Mind fundraising project officer.
“York Mind provides a range of services tailored to the needs of the individual and we are hoping that this event will both raise awareness of how we can help, and also raise funds to continue our vital work for the community.”
Wednesday, March 26
Crabtree & Evelyn Shopping Event, Stonegate, 5pm – 7pm, £10 (tickets available on the door)
Friday, March 28
Blue Bake-Off at York Barbican, 3pm-8pm, free entry (for details of how to enter the competition, please call 01904 643 364)
Blue Coffee Morning at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Garth, White Rose Avenue, New Earswick
Supporters of the event include Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, Optix and Huntington School Sixth Form.
Burgins Perfumery, High Dalby House and Lilyshambles are among city businesses to have donated prizes for the raffle at the Blue Bake-Off at York Barbican.
Trophies for the bake-off winners have been generously provided by LRB Trophies of Selby and entertainment during the bake-off afternoon will come from Access To Music York students.