North Somerset- Mental Health Awareness Week

Date: 17 May 2016 at 12:00AM - 21 May 2016 at 11:59PM

Location: Various

The Trust is running a series of events for Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May) with partner organisations and third sector groups in North Somerset.

NS MHAWShow the love for mental health awareness

On Monday 16th May there will be an information stand with staff and volunteers at Somewhere to Go at the Boulevard in Weston Super Mare. Somewhere to Go is a support centre for rough sleepers and disadvantaged vulnerable adults. Addaction, North Somerset Housing Officers and counsellors from Positive Step will be on hand to offer advice and support. There will also be live music from local singer songwriter Lauren Jaye.

On Tuesday 17th May, as part of Dementia Awareness week (May 17th to 23rd May) Trust staff will be running a display stand in the Foyer of Weston General Hospital with staff from the Alzheimer's Society. The teams will be acting as a drop off point for the Alzheimer's Society's Forget me Not campaign which aims to knit or crochet 3000 forget-me-nots which will then be displayed along Weston Pier.

On Wednesday 18th May the team will hold an anti-stigma and discrimination event. Trust staff will have a display with information from Time to Change supported by Mind and Rethink. There will also be information on mental health and services available in North Somerset in the Rafters café in Weston General Hospital.

On Thursday 19th May we will have a display stand focusing on recovery from mental health conditions with volunteers from Positive Step, 1 in 4 People and the Carlton Centre providing information and advice in the Foyer of Weston General Hospital.

On Friday 20th May at the Sovereign Shopping Centre Trust staff in partnership with The Samaritans will hold an anti-stigma display with information stand to help break down mental health barriers and promote local mental health services.

Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Tiff Earle said, "Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year, yet too often people are afraid to talk about their experiences because they fear it will affect their jobs or relationships. That's not right and it's why this type of work is so important to help break the silence and end the stigma. By running these events we aim to break the silence that often surrounds mental health, and show that talking about this once-taboo issue doesn't need to be difficult."

Congratulations to all staff contributing to an events packed week and really helping to raise awareness of the broad spectrum of mental illness.

See the event poster for a complete list of dates and more details.

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