Spot­light on men­tal health is­sues

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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