BARNSLEY Council has teamed up with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to support families across the borough with their self-care this summer.

The programme will provide 500 free first aid kits and mental health guides which will be distributed throughout the summer by the council’s family centres.

The packs contain items which will help people self-administer first aid in hopes that there will be a reduction in unnecessary visits made to the the hospital’s busy A and E department.

Coun Jim Andrews, cabinet spokesperson for public health, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting this project so that families in Barnsley can take charge of their wellbeing, whether that be minor ailments or mental health.

“We know that people have had a challenging year and a half, and we want to support our communities look after their health.

“If you need support for your mental health, search #AlrightPal Barnsley, and there is help available.”