Mental Health Awareness Week: an important opportunity to challenge stigma

News item posted: 16 May 2016

John Campbell, Turning Point’s Managing Director for Mental Health said:

‘Mental Health Awareness Week and others like it are important opportunities to break down some of the stigma still associated with mental health and share the many positive things happening across the country. However it is important that we do not only talk about mental health during weeks like this. Our mental health, as well as physical, should always be on the agenda and a priority for individuals, communities, providers and commissioners alike.

‘This year’s awareness week does, however, provide the opportunity to discuss the key theme of relationships. We know from the people who access our services that having a network of support and maintaining positive relationships is vital for their sustained recovery.

‘That’s why I wanted to take this opportunity to recognise our staff working across mental health who support individuals to improve their wellbeing, develop the skills they need to live as independently as possible, and build positive relationships to ensure that individuals are not left to deal with their challenges alone.’

Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week on the Mental Health Foundation website.

Find out more about Turning Point's mental health services.