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Don't suffer in silence this World Mental Health Day

People are being encouraged to start looking after their own wellbeing on World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October, 2017).

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, and there are a range of services and organisations around the City of Wolverhampton which can help people who are struggling.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Mental illness affects approximately 1 in 4 people in England, and it's important that they do not suffer in silence because help and support is available out there.

"This World Mental Health Day I would encourage people to seek the help they, or their loved ones, need."

Samaritans Wolverhampton offer support for people experiencing feelings of emotional distress or despair. The branch on Newhampton Road West is open Monday to Thursday from 11.30am to 10pm. Alternatively, please call 01902 426422 or 08457 909090, email jo@samaritans.org or visit Samaritans.

Wolverhampton Social Hub aims to help individuals with mental health concerns to refocus and offers support through a range of recreational and social activities designed to boost mental health and wellbeing. Activities are provided at a range of venues, and for more information please call 01902 771776 or 07949290036, email info@thesocialhub.org.uk or visit The Social Hub.

Wolverhampton Healthy Minds, the psychological therapies service for people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress, can be contacted on 0800 923 0222 or 01902 441856 or by emailing wolverhampton.healthyminds@bcpft.nhs.uk.

Wolverhampton's Carer Support Team offer a range of support for carers, including guidance, assessments, signposting and emotional help. For more information, please call 01902 553409, visit the Carer Support Team offices at Blossoms Fold, Wolverhampton, email carer.support@wolverhampton.gov.uk or log on to Adult Social Care.

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton's pioneering HeadStart programme offers help and support to young people aged 10 to 16 around mental health and wellbeing. For details, please visit HeadStart.

There is a comprehensive list of further services available to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing on the Wolverhampton Information Network. For more information please visit Wolverhampton Information Network.

On World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October), representatives from Memory Matters, the Carer Support Team and Health Trainers from the City of Wolverhampton Council will be holding a tea and talk at Central Library from 10am to 2pm, and Hear Our Voice has a special display at Central Library all this week. Meanwhile, ACCI will be holding special service, The Journey, in support of carers, families and those experiencing mental health challenges, at the Jubilee Christian Centre, Merridale Street, Graiseley, on Sunday 22 October from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is workplace wellbeing. Whether you're an individual looking to boost your own wellbeing or an employer seeking advice on supporting your staff, please visit the MIND website.

  • released: Monday 9 October, 2017