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9 October 2017 Local


Each year one in four people experience some kind of mental health problem, and a staggering 70 million working days are lost due to mental ill health, costing Britain £70-100 billion annually.  If you’re affected by poor mental health knowing where to start and who to turn to can be overwhelming.

This week, Brighter Futures are hosting a series of activities and offering tips online to support people’s mental wellbeing as part of World Mental Health Day, an annual event celebrated on 10 October. This year’s theme set by the World Foundation for Mental Health focusses on ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’.

People are being invited to come along to the Brighter Futures’ Clubhouse Network during 11 -13 October, where they can take part in art and craft activities, relaxation and complementary therapies, as well as finding out more about the service. The Clubhouse Network offers opportunities to meet new people, access support, training and volunteering for people experiencing mental ill health. Details about these activities can be found on Brighter Futures Facebook page.

Their Mental Health Helpline also provides a free and confidential listening service to those feeling worried, stressed or suicidal 365 days/year. During 2016/17, the Helpline received 32,341 calls, emails and texts for support, with 714 related to suicide between January and the end of September this year.

Mark Lawton, Brighter Futures’ Helpline Manager, says: “Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues for the workplace today and more widely. I urge anyone who is concerned about their own or somebody else’s mental health to get in touch with the Helpline to talk through concerns.

“The Helpline also manages the Staffordshire Mental Health Directory, so we can signpost individuals and organisations to local mental health services that can provide additional support to match their needs.”

Brighter Futures have developed a wide range of services which support, improve and maintain mental wellbeing all year round, and provides training to individuals and organisations with sessions such as Self Harm Awareness, Managing Stress and Positive Wellbeing.

To find out more about the mental health support services available at Brighter Futures, please call 01782 406000 or go to www.brighter-futures.org.uk.


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