25 May 2016
Awareness raising hits the news
Our mental health awareness campaign which
took place across North Somerset during Mental Health
Awareness Week has been picked up by Bristol news.
The news teams interviewed staff and asked the public what they
thought about the campaign.
"I think it's very important to help raise awareness of mental
illness because not enough people seem to know that much about it.
Raising awareness is definitely something we need to do." commented
one member of the public.
The campaign team visited different locations throughout the week,
logging hundreds of conversations about mental health and letting
people know about local services available to them. The team also
worked with several local charitable organisations to spread the
word further and involve the maximum number of people possible.
Even the North Somerset senior locality management team made an
appearance to talk to the public about mental health, raising
awareness and reducing stigma.
Involvement coordinator for North Somerset Stephen Budd said,
"One of the major things that stops people seeking help is the
stigma and discrimination that comes with mental illness. So by
taking it out into the public arena and making people talk about it
we're helping people reach out for professional assistance when
they need it. It's a good way to help get people the services they
need more quickly."
Click here to watch the news report, which begins at