A flash mob turned a Preston shopping centre into a scene from Flashdance to help improve young people’s emotional health and wellbeing.
More than 50 youngsters surprised shoppers in the busy Fishergate Centre with an energetic performance to spread the message about the ways youngsters 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, 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 marked the launch of Lancashire County Council’s latest campaign aimed at young people. The campaign focuses on activities that can help people improve their mood, like being more active, talking to friends and socialising, making time for themselves and trying something new and doing something positive for others.
Dr Sakhti Karunanithi, LCC’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.
“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. 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.”