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Minds Matter: Join us as we campaign to end mental health stigma and improve people’s wellbeing in Newham

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:24 16 May 2016

Representatives from Newham charities join Stephen Timms MP, Lyn Brown MP and Cllr Clive Furness to launch the Minds Matter campaign.

Representatives from Newham charities join Stephen Timms MP, Lyn Brown MP and Cllr Clive Furness to launch the Minds Matter campaign.

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Mental ill health can affect anyone, at any time, and worries about money, employment and housing, amongst many other things, can make it harder for people to cope.

We believe people should never have to feel afraid of speaking out about mental health problems, nor of asking for help when they need it.

That is why this week the Recorder launches a major mental health awareness campaign in partnership with Newham charities, health services and the council.

Together, we aim to break the stigma and taboos surrounding mental ill health, encourage people of all ages to talk about their experiences, and help improve knowledge of the mental health services available locally.

It is important that we all take the time to monitor and maintain our mental health, whether that is taking a simple stroll in the park, taking the time to listen to others or having a chat over a cup of tea with a friend.

We hope that by encouraging one another to speak honestly about our mental health, that stigma – whether that is a disparraging look or isolation from loved ones or colleagues – will be reduced.

Over the next few weeks, we will write about people’s different experiences of mental health issues, investigate services provided in Newham, and call on schools, groups, employers and government to promote understanding and awareness.

Improving the borough’s mental health is not something we can do alone. We need readers to support us by sharing their stories and pledging to support others, whether they be family members, neighbours or colleagues.

Our website enables our readers to add their name to a pledge to help break down stigma as well as supporting others and the work of the charities we are partnering with.

These include Alzheimer’s Society, Caritas Anchor House, the Independent Newham Users Forum (INUF) and Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham, amongst others.

This section will also share tips and advice as well as contact details of groups that can give help and guidance.

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