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Mental Health Awareness Week 2016



We are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week from 16-22 MAY.

This national Week was created by the Mental Health Foundation with the aim of encouraging people to talk more openly about the issues that surround mental health and to raise awareness of the issues people face. It is also a time to get people thinking about their own mental wellbeing. The theme of this year’s week is relationships.

This year, governments, public bodies and employers are being urged to promote good relationships and to tackle the barriers to forming them, including mounting pressures on work–life balance and the impact of bullying and unhealthy relationships.

Dave Smith, Director of HR said: “Relationships are fundamental to our health and wellbeing. We cannot flourish as individuals and communities without them. In fact, they are as vital to overall health as better-established lifestyle factors, such as eating well, exercising more and stopping smoking.

“The week ahead provides us with a good opportunity to think about mental health and raise awareness across our hospitals – but the issue is too important to confine to just one week a year. In our Health & Wellbeing strategy, we recognise the importance of the mental health and wellbeing of both our staff and patients, and we will continue to think about what more we can do to support our community.”