Newham

Wide range of mental health support services to be highlighted for Mental Health Awareness Week

30 April 2015 in Events and Health
The wide range of services available to support Newham residents who have been impacted by mental illness are to be highlighted during a special week next month.
NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Newham Council and other partners are using Mental Health Awareness Week to showcase the services available supporting residents struggling with common mental health problems such as stress, depression, loneliness or anxiety. 

Around a quarter of all Newham residents will potentially experience some kind of mental health issue this year.

The events being held during Mental Health Awareness Week, between 11-17 May, include:
  • Monday 11 May, 11am-2pm  – St John’s Church, Broadway, Stratford, experts from Newham Council  and NHS will advise residents on how the Care Act may impact on mental health services;
  • Tuesday 12 May, 10am-11.30am  – Beckton Globe Library, Kingsford Way, Beckton.– coffee morning where residents can find out about mental health services available through the council;
  • Wednesday 13 May, 11am-12.30pm – Plaistow Library, North Street, Plaistow, the ASK Women’s Group will be holding a coffee morning for women who have experienced mental health issues where they can find out more about the services Newham Council provides
  • Thursday 14 May, 4pm-6pm  – Green Street Library, Green Street, Upton Park, Active Minds Café where people can find out more information about the mental health services available in Newham over a cup of tea;
  • Friday 15 May, 1pm-3pm  – Beckton Globe Library, Kingsford Way, Beckton,  a drop in session at highlighting the services, careers and training opportunities available to support people with mental illness. Job Centre Plus, activeNewham, mental health charity MIND and the drug and alcohol service Newham Rise will be among the organisations at the event;
  • Friday 15 May, 2pm-4pm – Plaistow Library, North Street, Plaistow, a Together We Can social group for those under 50 who have suffered from a stroke deal with the impact on their mental health.
Throughout the year there is a range of mental health support services.

Talking therapies, known as IAPTs, are where people talk through their feelings of depression, anxiety, phobias and/or stress with a trained professional. This 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. It provides an opportunity for its community of members to help and support each other in a safe and anonymous environment with the guidance of trained professionals.

More than 1,700 people across London have signed up to the BWW, and people can join simply by entering their postcode on www.bigwhitewall.com.

Dr Zuhair Zarifa, local GP and chairman of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“Mental health is something that affects us all – how we think and feel about others and ourselves, how we cope with difficult situations and how we manage our lives.

“This Mental Health Awareness Week, we’d like to remind the people of Newham that there is help for mental health issues available, whenever they need it. BWW and talking therapies are two excellent initiatives to support. Sharing your feelings with other people, whether online or face to face, having someone to listen and having a safe space to do it can provide very real relief.”

Councillor Clive Furness, mayoral advisor for adults and health said: “Anyone of us could be affected by mental illness at any time. It could affect us or someone we love and care for.

“It can be a very scary time for people but it is not something that people have to cope with alone as there is a vast network of support available to people.

“These services are available throughout the year, but Mental Health Awareness Week is the ideal time will show the wide range of ways anyone affected by mental illness can get the support and advice they need.”