Mental Health Awareness Week – VCSA News Round Up

Local residents and those are interested, or who work in, mental health, are invited to come along to Shropshire’s Let’s Talk Mental Health event at The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Sundorne, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

About the event

The event from 10am to 4pm, is being hosted by Shropshire Council’s Mental Health team in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week, which take place from 14 to 20 May.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Stress’.  Research shows that 16 million people experience a mental health problem each year, and stress is a key factor in this. By identifying and dealing with stress we can go a long way to tackling mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.

Shropshire Let’s Talk Mental Health Event is being attended by over 20 organisations who will be offering advice and support as well as showcasing the work they do.

Organisations attending

Organisations at the event will include:

  • 360 Shrewsbury/Barnabas
  • A4U
  • Al Anon
  • Big Red’s House
  • Bromford
  • Carers Trust 4 All
  • Green Oak Foundation
  • Christians Against Poverty
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Crowsmill CIC
  • Customer Services, Shropshire Council
  • Eden Futures
  • Enable
  • Joint Training – Shropshire Council
  • Positive Steps / Shared Lives
  • Public Protection – Shropshire Council
  • SASH Housing
  • Shrewsbury Food Hub
  • Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Shropshire Housing
  • Shropshire Libraries
  • Shropshire Recovery Partnership
  • Walking With The Wounded
  • West Mercia Police
  • Wild Team – Shropshire Council

Activities taking place

Activities at the event include, laughter and yoga workshops, head messages as well as practical advice and tips on how to help relieve stress.

Representatives from Crowsmill Craft Centre will be demonstrating how they can help individuals to learn new skills, including woodwork, blacksmithing, welding and archery.  Attendees will be able to find out more about the newly launched Shropshire Human Library and will also be able to borrow books from the new service.

Councillor Lee Chapman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing said;

“By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.

“Our Let’s Talk Mental Health event is a great opportunity for people who need advice and support to help cope with the day to day stresses that life brings. It’s also a great way for our partners to showcase the fantastic work they do to support the mental health and well-being of our local communities.”

With this year’s theme of ‘Stress’, Mental Health Awareness Week, the event also focuses on those whose who work in Mental Health.

Andy Begley, Director of Adult Services at Shropshire Council added:

“Mental health staff work hard to support those with mental health issues. Yet, as staff workloads increase along with the complexities of their work, they are less likely to monitor their own stress levels or to put into practice what they preach.

“Our Let’s Talk Mental Health event will therefore provide a valuable opportunity for staff, as well for those who use mental health services, to come together, in an informal setting, where information can be shared and achievements celebrated.”

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Further information

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 will take place from 14-20 May on the theme of stress.

Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all.

Mental Health Awareness Week has been run by the Mental Health Foundation since 2001.

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin will be highlighting mental health awareness week by raising awareness of the support available to carers for people living with dementia. Living with dementia can be stressful and at times overwhelming for both the individual and their carer, often leading to isolation. The perceived stigma that has been associated with dementia in the past is mostly gained through lack of information and understanding that can compound these feelings.

Dementia currently affects around 800,000 people in the UK and this is predicted to increase to one million by 2021, with one in three over 65 year olds developing dementia. As our population ages, more of us will know someone who has dementia, a family member, a friend, a neighbour, we will all meet people living with dementia in our daily life.

Research has shown that social contact, emotional support and information gathering, can have positive effects for both the carer and the person living with dementia. With this in mind Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin provide 9 dementia drop in centres across Shropshire to encourage shared experiences in a fun, friendly environment. In addition, a newly launched dementia respite service every Monday at Withywood in Shrewsbury gives carers the opportunity to catch up with jobs around the home, have time to themselves or meet up with friends. Carers are able to do to this safe in the knowledge that their loved ones tailored needs are being met by a fully trained and experienced team.

Visit the website for further details about dementia support and other living well services providing help and support to maintain a positive mental and physical wellbeing

Young Health Champions across Shropshire have been involved with a great variety of projects regarding mental health.

A group of YHC from Bishops Castle have designed a mental health awareness package, with interactive workshops for young people, due to be completed this summer. Part of it is to be shared on 9th May at North Shropshire College Health Promotion day.

A group at Cleobury Mortimer have taken part in a consultation with Healios; an online support service, and are to be involved with future developments of their website.

A YHC visited BEAM in Shrewsbury, to see how user friendly it was from a young person’s perspective. It got a glowing report, and BEAM were very impressed with the feedback.

A new group in Bishops Castle have been granted funding to design posters to show links between mental health and alcohol, and this project is due to start soon.

This year’s See Hear Exhibition, to be held at the Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Road on Wednesday 16th May, will include a talk on the impact of sight loss on mental health.

Click here to view the full programme for the event.

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