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The Isle of Wight NHS has launched a Facebook page to share information about its mental health services, signpost and offer self-help tips to the Island community.

Of the island’s 144,720 population around 16,220 people live with depression, 7,589 people deal with anxiety and 5,735 people struggle with both.

The Facebook group launch coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs until 20th May and this year’s theme focuses on stress and stress management.

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Lesley Stevens, associate medical director of mental health for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:

“We all access social media more and more, it’s readily available on our phones and an easier way to provide and seek information on services provided.

“Although this isn’t a platform for seeking professional advice on any personal or family mental health needs, it is a great way to build a community that can help each other to signpost, share experiences and help reduce the stigma attached to mental health.”

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust, the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group and the Isle of Wight Council working together to improve mental health care on the island.

Even though Mental Health Awareness Week is almost over, the conversation continues at https://www.facebook.com/IWNHSMentalHealth/.

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