Famous structures including Blickling Hall, Cromer Pier and the Great Yarmouth Market Gates shopping centre have glowed blue for World Mental Health Day.

Norfolk and Waveney Mind organised the October 10 event called Do It Blue, which was held in tandem with people dressing in blue, dying their hair and selling blue cakes to raise money for the charity. 

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Pete Boczko, Mind's chief executive, said: “Every building that was lit up blue will have sparked a conversation about mental health and raised awareness of our mission to ensure that no one in Norfolk and Waveney should have to face poor mental health alone.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and ensured people keep talking about this hugely important issue.”

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Other buildings that went blue included the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange and Majestic Cinema. 

In Cromer, the event was led by the North Norfolk Youth Council (NNYC). Their work on the project was praised by both North Norfolk District Council's leader, Tim Adams, and Matthew Taylor, the youngest NNDC councillor. 

Tyler Wragg, youth councillor, said: “Cromer Pier is a wonderful part of North Norfolk and lighting it up blue is a clear dedication to anyone living with a mental illness.

“One in seven in Norfolk live with depression or anxiety and it’s crucial that they know they’re not alone and that they have resources to help them.

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“The NNYC will always campaign for more mental health resources, as they are very much needed.”

Tyler said working with charities such as Mind was an “amazing” way to boost awareness and show that work was being done on mental health.

He said: “We should always work towards supporting others and this is a fantastic way to do that, especially as people often feel like living in a rural area means there is nothing for them, we must change this idea and stigma, young people will play a vital part in doing so but so can everybody.”

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Fellow youth councillor Zillah Austin, who is also a Knapton parish councillor, said: "This is just the first of many projects the youth council has lined up to work on our three main objectives.

"I look forward to working with my fellow councillors on many more projects in the future."

Nathan Birdsall, the vice-chairman of the youth council, added: “This event is testament to what we, as young people, can achieve when working together for a worthwhile cause, which has a large impact on many young people.

"This is the first step in our mental health campaign, and by illuminating Cromer Pier in blue, we hope to show our commitment to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health within North Norfolk.”