Newham

Mental Health Awareness Week (2016)

9 May 2016 in Health
The wide array of support services for Newham residents affected by mental health conditions will be highlighted during a special week this month.​​​​​
During Mental Health Awareness Week, between Monday 16 May to Sunday 22 May, NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Newham Council and other partners will be raising awareness of the support available for residents with problems such as stress, depression, loneliness or anxiety.

Mental illness is something that can affect anyone. At least one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives, and one in six adults will have a common mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression. In Newham this equates to 47,000 people with a common mental health illness at any given time.

As part of the week The Active Minds Café will be launched by Newham Council at Stratford Library, in The Grove, between noon and 4pm on Thursday 19 May. A host of activities will be held on the day to showcase the support services available and experts from organisations specialising in mental health will also be on hand. People will also be able to enjoy relaxing Tai Chi and massages and watch uplifting performances by Age Well Singers and Quadrille Dancing.

The Café will be held monthly, normally on the third Thursday of each month. Each month there will be a different guest speaker together with a range of activities and workshops.

Other events being held during Mental Health Awareness Week include:
  • Monday 16 May, 11am-1pm - Forest Gate Learning Zone, Woodford Road. The ASK Newham Men’s Group, run by the housing and support charity Hestia, will be holding one of its regular meetings for men who have experienced mental health issues. People will be able to discuss issues affecting them and find out more about the support services available to them.
  • Tuesday 17 May, noon-3pm – Manor Park Fit for Life at Manor Park Library, Romford Road. Manor Park Community Neighbourhood Team are hosting a range of workshops providing tips on how people can improve their mental wellbeing. It will also raise awareness of local mental health services and how people can get involved in initiatives in their local community.
  • Wednesday 18 May, 10am-noon – East Ham Library, Barking Road. East Ham Community Neighbourhood Team is hosting Feel Good Coffee Morning led by Newham Talking Therapies – a service where a trained professional helps people talk through their feelings. The event will raise awareness of mental health and dementia services in Newham and how people can get involved in initiatives in their local area.
  • Wednesday 18 May, 10.30am-12.30pm – Plaistow Library, North Street. The ASK Newham Women’s Group, run by the housing and support charity Hestia, will be holding one of its regular meetings for women who have experienced mental health issues. They will be able to discuss issues affecting them and find out more about the support services available to them.
Throughout the year there is a range of support services available including Newham Talking Therapies which can help people deal with specific problems, cope with a crisis, improve relationships, or develop better ways of living. For more information on the service people should talk to their GP or contact Newham Talking Therapies on 020 8475 8080.

The Big White Wall (BWW) is a confidential 24-hour, seven days a week, online digital support and recovery service for those aged 16 and over who find it hard to talk to others directly about their problems. Through www.bigwhitewall.com people can help and support each other in a safe and anonymous environment with the guidance of trained professionals.

Dr Prakash Chandra local GP and chair of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “This Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to encourage local people to start talking about mental health and work together to help reduce some of the stigma that still remains around mental illness. We’d also like to remind everyone that there is help available, whenever they need it.

“As a GP, I know that talking about mental health problems can be difficult, but you don’t have to struggle alone. Talking to other people who have had similar experiences, having someone to listen and knowing that you have a safe, secure place to share your feelings, can provide very real relief.”

Councillor Clive Furness, Newham Council’s mayoral advisor for adults and health, said: “Our mental ability to cope with the challenges and pressures we face on a daily basis shapes our personal and professional lives.

“It is important that we not only help people develop their mental resilience but that we also raise awareness of the support available to those in need. It is important people know they do not have to deal with their problems alone and where they can turn for help.

“Mental Health Awareness Week is the ideal time to highlight the host of council, CCG and voluntary services available throughout the year.”