Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry | A: World Mental Health Day
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A: World Mental Health Day

31 Oct A: World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day  Tuesday 10th October 2017

Over the past years, many people including  Norman Lamb (during his time as minister) have fought tirelessly in the UK to reduce the historic inequality between the way physical and mental health are treated in the NHS and we are proud of the strides forward we have made.

Cllr Barry Von Clemens is a strong supporter of the fight to bring equality and awareness of mental health issue such as these.

People of all ages and from every sector of our community can be effected by a mental illness and it is something that will effect most of us during our lives.

There has been legislation put in place to give mental and physical health equality under the law. This introduced the first waiting time standards for access to treatment for mental health. It also introduced the crisis care concordat which dramatically reduced the number of people who end up in police cells when they experience a mental health crisis. Many groups have fought hard to secure more money for children and young people’s mental health services. But we know that not enough resources reach front-line services and that in the fight for parity of esteem, there is still a very long way to go.

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

This year world mental health day focused especially on mental health in the workplace.

Many people are now starting to talk about their mental health. But it can be tough to recognise that we sometimes don’t feel 100% and tough to talk about it. There is help available to you and opportunities for you to talk about it with friends, family or a professional.

I like to encourage workplaces to sign up for the Time to Change Employer pledge, a commitment to you all to change how we think and act about mental health problems, at every level of the work place.

One in four or us will experience a mental health problem and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. We want everyone with a mental health problem to be free of fear and feel supported.

Since 2007, Time to Change has been the leading campaign against mental health discrimination in England. They have been working hard to improve public attitudes towards mental health, and increase the confidence of people with mental health problems to challenge discrimination. In this time more than 60,000 people across England have added their name to their pledge-wall, showing support for those facing mental health discrimination. Their pledge-wall is a quick and straightforward way to show your support for their campaign. Take your pick from these five common pledges – or write your own!

  • I will keep in touch and ask a friend or loved one how they are
  • I will share my mental health story to help others understand mental health
  • I will look out for friends and loved ones and support them when needed
  • I will volunteer at a local event to raise awareness of mental health
  • I will challenge mental health stigma and discrimination when I see it

The Time to Change website has some great resources, from guidance to access to support.

Cllr Barry Von Clemens is asking all our local businesses to take a few minutes out of there busy days to think about how these issues may effect them and their work force.

If you are not already signed up, or the organisation that you work for is not, he hopes they will sign up for the

Cllr Barry Von Clemens hopes that we will all take out five minutes in our busy days to look up mental health and become a little more aware. There are many groups on line some of which are below.

Time to Change website





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