WEST Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner is urging people not to be afraid of speaking about any anxieties they may have.

Mark Burns-Williamson made the plea after giving his backing to Mental Health Awareness Week, which he said was more relevant than ever this year as people battled with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “We’ve all faced unprecedented disruption to our way of life, where the things we took for granted – like shopping or seeing friends and family – can now be causes of stress and anxiety.

“It’s OK not to feel OK, and I would always urge anyone who’s having a tough time to speak to someone about it – whether that’s one of the many charities and voluntary organisations, a family member, friend or a healthcare professional.”

Further information about support services can be found at westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/news.