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May 01

Dance Flash Mob supports emotional health campaign

MORE than 50 young people took to the streets in a bid to improve people’s emotional health on Saturday 26 April. 

Preston’s Fishergate Centre was transformed with music, dance and drama as the ‘flash mob’ spread the message about the ways young people can cope with issues that affect their mood. 

The dance was organised by PULSE, Lancashire’s Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Board. 

Kristen Pearce, 18 from Lancaster who is a member of PULSE, said: “We chose to do a flash mob because it’s a fun and clever way of getting our campaign out there. 

“We all use the internet and send videos to our family and friends. I was really nervous, but I’m glad we did it. We had so much fun and got our message to other young people and their families. 

“It’s great that people will still be able to watch the flash mob on YouTube a few years from now!” 

This performance marks the launch of Lancashire County Council’s latest campaign aimed at improving young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. 

The campaign focuses on five activities that can help people improve their mood: being more active; talking to friends and socialising; making time for yourself; trying something new and doing something positive for others. 

Dr Sakhti Karunanithi, Lancashire County Council’s Director of Public Health said: “Thousands of children and young people suffer from stress, depression, and a number of other mental and emotional health issues each year. 

Dance flash mob at the Fishergate Centre, Preston

Dance flash mob at the Fishergate Centre, Preston

“This campaign is all about making them aware there are some simple things they can do to cope with the ups and downs of life. 

“Being more active really makes a difference and it’s amazing how doing exercise a few times a week really improves your mood. 

“Things like talking to your friends and doing something to help others are also very important. 

“If you do feel down or suffer from stress, depression or any other issue, there are people you can speak to who will help you.” 

More information about the campaign is available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/youthzone or by following #lifesupsanddowns on Twitter. 

For advice and support, call The Line, a county council-run helpline for young people, free on 0800 511 111.