This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is focused on relationships.
Good relationships help us live longer and happier lives with fewer physical and mental health problems. These are the supportive connections we share with friends, family and our community -investing in these relationships is critical to our health and wellbeing.
Croydon BME Forum and our partner Off the Record Croydon, as part of the BME Mental Health Community Development Workers Project, today held an event to mark the start of the week.
The event included a ‘Mental Health – National Overview’ by CDW Tanya Ojukwu; A short film, ‘So you think I am Crazy’ by Know my Mind which was followed by a talk from Know my Mind’s Ekanem Hines; ‘Domestic Abuse and Unhealthy Relationships’ by Irene Kafeero of Croydon Council; and ‘Coping with Bereavement by Terry Crooke.
Dr Agnelo Fernandes, Assistant Clinical Chair of NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “If you’re having mental health problems, you’re not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.
“Remember mental health is just as important as your physical health, life changes, such as getting a regular good night’s sleep, keeping to a healthy diet, reducing your alcohol intake and getting regular exercise, can help you feel more in control and more able to cope.”
The advice from health professionals is that if you’ve been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks or your anxiety is affecting your daily life; make an appointment to speak to your GP.
Mental Health Awareness Week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation and aims to raise awareness of mental health to fight discrimination and stigma and promote good mental wellbeing. You can show support by wearing the Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 badge – download from the Metal Health Foundation website.
Support and help is available for young people, visit the NHS young mental health webpage, a hub for young people with advice on depression, anxiety, self-harm, stress, bullying and eating disorders.
To find out more about Mental Health Week visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Directory of mental health services and support in Croydon
Croydon offers a range of services for supporting people with their Mental Health and Wellbeing. The CCG website has further information http://www.croydonccg.nhs.uk/your-health/Pages/Your-mental-health.aspx
A full directory of mental health services and support available in Croydon can be found on the MIND In Croydon Website –http://www.mindincroydon.org.uk/ . Whether you are suffering from mental health difficulties yourself, or you have a friend or family member who is struggling, you can use this directory to find support.
If you are caring for someone with Mental Health difficulties, remember to look after yourself too. The Rethink – Carer’s Support Centre in George Street, Central Croydon, provide support, advocacy, advice and information. To find out more, visit:https://www.rethink.org/
Local events in Croydon for Mental Health Awareness Week
|Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). IAPT is a free a confidential NHS Service, that offers a range of psychological therapies.
Find out more about IAPT on the website: https://slam-iapt.nhs.uk/
|Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) support local people get involved in Community Activity in the borough of Croydon.||
Follow CVA on twitter on @CroydonVA and on YouTube.
|Off the Record (OTR) provide Mental Health counselling and talking therapy services for children & young people (14-25 years), coping with common mental health problems.
Further details on all OTR services on the website:www.offtherecordcroydon.org .
|Croydon BME Forum is the Umbrella organisation for BME voluntary and community sector in Croydon: engaging people; building capacity; equality and cohesion.||
For further details & to sign-up to the CBME Forum newsletter, visit the website: http://www.cbmeforum.org/
|Hear Us is one of Croydon’s Mental Health Service User Groups, which act as a coordinating body to facilitate and ensure service user involvement
|Croydon Memory Service provides early assessment, treatment and care for people, aged over 18 years, who have memory problems that may be associated with dementia.||
|Imagine provides User-Led Groups across the borough, which are focused on participation, respect, choice and tolerance.||
For further information please ring our main number 020 8253 7078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Imagine Mentoring & Befriending Services – This service provides individuals with the opportunity to pair up with a ‘befriender’ who shares similar interests so that together, they can access mainstream activities within the community.||
Our website is www.imagineindependence.org.uk . Please follow us on twitter @imagineindep01.