A BOLTON organisation which helps people struggling with addiction and mental health is emphasising the importance of peoples’ wellbeing during mental health awareness week.

Whysup was started by two school friends, Liam McBride and Mark Murray, who’ve both experienced battles with addiction and mental health.

They work year-round helping people and firms, and talking in schools, emphasising the importance of looking after mental health and wellbeing.

This could be through talking to someone about it or simply going on a walk to boost your mental health.

Mental health awareness week is taking place this week, with Whysup hoping it can encourage people to think more about their mental health in the long term.

Mark said: “As a town we have all had a challenging 12 months and I think it’s shown how important it is to look after yourself, not only physically, but mentally too.

“At Whysup we like to think we are mental health awareness 365 days of the year, but this week it’s been great to see everyone involved.

“That’s really important and I think the timing of this couldn’t be better with us all hopefully returning back to normal over the coming months

“There are some great organisations that offer help and support in the town and we also have a help page and support line for those that need.

“If you’re wanting that help and support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through our social media or website”

During lockdown Whysup have been working even more to encourage people to look after their wellbeing during the tough period of lockdown.

The group launched a new corporate wellbeing service, called Wellbeing with Whysup, and a support line during lockdown to offer more support to people who needed it.

The Wellbeing with Whysup service aims to help local business employees improve their mental wellbeing during lockdown and beyond, via monthly podcast sessions tackling various issues.

For more information, see whysup.co.uk