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Published: January 29, 2020 | Updated: January 29, 2020

Service centre teams up with Dorset Mind to help tackle the taboo around mental health

Matt Peacock, Managing Director, Star Tech, with representatives of Dorset Mind.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A team of prestige car technicians has embarked on a year of raising cash and awareness in a bid to tackle the stigma around male mental health.

Independent service centre Star Tech has announced a new partnership with mental health charity Dorset Mind.

The Poole-based centre, which specialises in prestige German cars, will spend 2020 raising money, spreading awareness and working in partnership with the charity.

The company will hold events, including a special open day this spring, and collect donations.

It has pledged to donate a set amount to Dorset Mind for every invoice fulfilled across the next 12 months.

Star Tech will also train staff in mental health awareness and share information about Dorset Mind at its service centre and through its website and social media platforms.

Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a diagnosable mental health problem each year.

While progress is being made to tackle the taboo, too often they don’t get the help they need in time.

Matt Peacock, Star Tech’s Managing Director, said: “Dorset Mind does inspirational work in the local community, and we are so pleased to support them in that.

“This partnership is not just about raising vital funds, but also about raising awareness and challenging the stigma which sadly still exists around mental health.

“It is so important that we talk about mental health and wellbeing openly – especially as men.

“We want to start conversations, within the team, with clients, and the wider community.”

Marianne Storey, Chief Executive, Dorset Mind, said: “We are delighted that Matt and the Star Tech team have chosen to support us this year.

“Their generosity and effort will help us to continue to provide support in our communities.

“Our services are vital – they genuinely can save lives and our education programmes teach better understanding of mental ill health issues, banish stigma and promote mental wellbeing at schools and in the workplace.”

Dorset Mind has been supporting people in Dorset with mental health challenges since 1946.