In support of World Mental Health Day today (Friday 10th October), health professionals are available to talk about a range of support available to patients, relatives and carers about mental health.
Mental Health problems are common but people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves.
Mo Smith, Lead Nurse for Mental Health & Learning Disabilities at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, will be offering advice and support alongside colleagues on a wide range of mental health issues. Other support services such as the Suicide Support Group, Learning Disabilities support group and IWish, a support group for people who self harm, will also be in attendance to offer help and advice.
The team will be based in the main foyer/entrance at St Mary’s Hospital between 10:00 and 16:00 today.
Commenting on World Mental Health Day, Mo Smith, said:
“We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell.
“Mental health problems might actually be more common than you think. One in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year. The effects are as real as a broken arm, even though there isn’t a sling or plaster cast to show for it. It’s quite likely that one day you, one of your friends, colleagues or family members will experience a mental health problem. Yet mental illness is still surrounded by prejudice, ignorance and fear. Many people say that being discriminated against in work and social situations can be a bigger burden than the illness itself.”
Some attitudes towards people with mental health problems mean that it is harder for them to work, make friends and in short, live a normal life.
Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to end discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. Time to Change http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/ are launching their campaign today showing that it’s often the little things that people do that can make a big difference to someone experiencing mental health problems.