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Mental Health - you’re not alone

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem. This Mental Health Awareness Week, 8-14 May 2017, NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are going to be looking at mental health from a new angle.

In 2013 there were 6,233 mental health related suicides recorded in the UK for people aged 15 or older. Of these, 78% were male and 22% were female. There are strong links between physical and mental health problems. Research has found that 30% of people with a long-term physical health problem also have a mental health problem and 46% of people with a mental health problem also had a long-term physical health problem.

Mental health services in the UK are overstretched, have long waiting times and, in some regions, lack specialist services. Mental health research receives only 5.5% (£115million) of total UK health research spending. In the UK, the estimated costs of mental health problems are £70-100 billion each year.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, we will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. With people struggling to cope with the demands of life and struggling getting through the day, we will explore how many people are surviving or thriving with a mental health problem and what steps we can take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life.

If you’re suffering from stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs with life, rest assured you are not alone. There are plenty of resources and services available including NHS Choices Moodzone which offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better. Big White Wall is a safe online community for people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals; available 24/7, completely anonymous.

For more information on how to get involved in this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, visit https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week?gclid=CKLSi7ThntMCFcy87QodfuIF3g