Spotlight on mental health issues
HILLINGDON Council highlighted mental health through a day devoted to the cause, and will continue to raise awareness throughout October.
World Mental Health Day is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy. The day is hosted by the World Federation of Mental Health and every year has a different theme. This year it is Dignity in Mental Health.
The aim of the day is to confront the stigma through facts and help break down barriers so that people can seek the support they need.
The council supported the day, held on Saturday, October 10, to make sure residents of the borough have access to services they may need and can find out more about what’s on offer.
Cllr Philip Corthorne, cabinet member for social services, health and housing, said: “Mental health can change as people’s circumstances change or because of different life stages and events. It’s important to keep reflecting on mental health and make sure that everyone has the adequate support they need to cope with life’s challenges better.
“Everyone should be able to make positive, healthy choices to feel good about themselves, their families, friends and the wider community.”
According to the World Federation of Mental Health, one in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year.
“This can have a huge impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK and affect their daily lives.
There are a number of services and programmes available in Hillingdon. To find out more about mental health in Hillingdon, visit the webpage www.hillingdon. gov.uk/30302