‘Year of Mental Health’ launched across B&NES and beyond
Our mental health is as important as our physical health. All of us will know men and women and young people who experience anxiety, depression or other mental health problems – they are very common. But most of us don’t talk about it. Often this is especially the case for men and boys. We want to be able to move beyond this stigma and social taboo. This is why a range of partners across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are having a Year of Mental Health, which began with Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2018.
It really important that people know how to access mental health services when they need them and that those services work well. But we also want to move towards a more prevention focussed approach to mental health so that people know how to improve their own mental health and how to recover during periods of mental health difficulty.
There are lots of things we can do in schools, universities, the workplace, at home and in our communities that can help prevent or lessen the effects of mental health problems.
We’d like to make it easier for people to know about activities going on in their communities. And we’d like to help people know what they can do by themselves to keep well.
We also want to support local organisations to work together to provide a wide variety of opportunities for people.
A programme of events planned so far can be found here