Events organised to support Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week events offer advice and support on all kinds of mental illnesses (pictu

Mental Health Awareness Week events offer advice and support on all kinds of mental illnesses (picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

With around a quarter of people living in Newham potentially experiencing some kind of mental health issue this year, a range of events have been arranged in the borough to support Mental Health Awareness Week.

Running from Monday, May 11 until Sunday, May 17, the week aims to showcase the services available to support those struggling with problems such as stress, depression, loneliness or anxiety.

On Monday, experts from the council and the NHS will talk about how the care act may impact on services at St John’s Church, Broadway, between 11am and 2pm.

On Tuesday, a coffee morning will be held between 10am and 11.30am at Beckton Globe Library to find out more about services, while on Wednesday women who have experienced mental health issues can meet at Plaistow Library between 11am and 12.30pm.

Green Street Library will hold a drop in session on Thursday between 4pm and 6pm, with Beckton Globe hosting one on Friday between 1pm and 3pm, which will also highlight job and training opportunities available to support people with mental illness.

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Dr Zuhair Zarifa, chairman of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’d like to remind the people of Newham that there is help for mental health issues available, whenever they need it.”

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