A charity which encourages people to speak out about their emotions has reached its one year anniversary.

Mental health awareness charity It’s OK To Say, which helps people of all ages in St Albans, celebrated its first anniversary on World Mental Health Day (October 10).

The charity was set up by children's book Author, Stacey Turner, who specialises in childhood anxiety disorders.

Her charity aims to reject the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.

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Stacey Turner's charity reached its first anniversary last week credit: Stephanie Belton

Ms Turner said: “It’s OK To Say is for everyone, reaching people of all ages from the early years, learning how to channel our emotions while using negatives to fuel us positively.”

Ms Turner’s charity also sponsored community initiatives for the past year such as calling for more youth mental health provisions and educating young people where to get help.

The charity has also supported community groups including Counselling Foundation which trains mental health professionals.

Ms Turner hopes in the future her charity can work with Oaklands College and the Museum and Gallery for an exhibition of mental health and wellbeing.

Ms Turner added: “It has been a busy year, but that is okay.

“We’re helping people put things in place to support their daily mental health and wellbeing needs, rather than just being there when things escalate.”