Lyndon James has spoken out about the benefits of opening up about mental wellbeing as the World Health Organisation marks World Mental Health Day.
Homegrown all-rounder James is an ambassador for blOKes, a not-for-profit mental health organisation which aims to provide males aged over 16 with a safe, supportive and non-judgemental platform to open up about their thoughts and feelings and connect with others.
"Mental health to me means enjoying the kind of life that you live.” the 22-year-old said. "There is no looking at other people and wanting or wishing, but appreciating the small things"
“It can be very difficult for men to talk to each other; it can be seen as a taboo subject, but sharing whatever you are going through can be a huge help.
“Whether it is your friends, family, or communities of people who are experiencing the same things, talking is a great way to lessen the burden.
“I want to encourage more men – particularly those in environments where, traditionally, it can be challenging to be emotionally open, to start conversations.”
Via blOKes’ online forum-based platform, individuals can and join a community of like-minded men sharing stories, experiences, guidance and advice based on their own mental health journeys.
“blOKes do a great job of saying it is okay to be going through tough periods, and understand that it may not be easy to start a dialogue with people you know personally,” James continued.
“Joining a network of people locally and globally who can be honest with each other can be equally as valuable.”
Those with mental wellbeing requirements in Nottinghamshire are welcome to attend the Trent Bridge Community Trust’s Notts In Mind sessions at Rushcliffe Arena and Melbourne Park.
Led by qualified coaches, the 90-minute sessions consist of a discussion-based workshop and physical activities, all done with an aim of relieving stress, reducing anxiety and building confidence.
For more information about Notts In Mind click here.