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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Every year, thousands of supporters across the UK take part in Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the week took place from 13-19 May on the theme of Body Image.

SMART teams across all of our projects used the week to focus on helping those who use our services to explore and discuss mental health. Many people who use our services have complex needs; they need support with more than one issue and often poor mental health is an area our service users need support with.

Although the subject of mental health is always discussed and assessed with our service users, people often need information and support from multiple different avenues. This is why we keep close links with local mental health services in all of our locations, and why campaigns such as Mental Health Awareness Week are so important.

Here is an example from our Wokingham team, who made an information point to promote ways in which their service users can access help and learn a little more about mental health.

Pictured above: Esther Hooper (SMART Recovery Worker) and Aaron Quann (Social Work Placement Student).

Esther said “Mental health is incredibly important to me. It affects so many of SMART’s service users, who I work with every day. Our mental health is just as essential as our physical health yet many of those affected by mental illness go without treatment, often due to a reluctance to admit that they are finding it hard to cope. This is why it is so important to raise awareness of different types of mental health conditions, break down the stigma attached to those conditions and alert everyone about the help available. The board I created presents information about vital resources in the Wokingham area, including the different agencies people can access help from, specialised activities running in the area and television documentaries aiming to normalise mental illness and educate the public.”

Read more about Mental Health Awareness Week.

Information and support regarding mental health.

About SMART Wokingham.

A closer look at the board!


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