Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) want to get people talking about mental health as part of national ‘Time to Talk Day’ on 2 February 2017.
One in four people nationally will suffer with a mental health issue at some point in their lives and the CCGs are keen to break down the stigma and discrimination that surrounds people with a mental illness.
Speaking on behalf of the area’s three CCGs, Mary Backhouse, Chief Clinical Officer at North Somerset CCG, said;
"Mental health is a key priority for the CCGs and we are working closely with other healthcare providers in the area to enhance our mental health services for residents."
"The CCGs are looking to increase the number of people accessing support such as talking therapies across BNSSG. Just one of the many projects currently taking place in the area focuses particularly on raising awareness with men, over 65s and 16 & 17 year olds who may not always seek help. We want those in need of support to feel confident that they can seek advice and have those conversations whatever their age or gender. "
Nine in ten people with a mental health problem will experience some form of stigma or discrimination and the CCGs are encouraging as many people as possible to make a pledge to help change this. You can sign up at:
It only takes a few minutes and you'll be joining thousands of people who are starting conversations about mental health.
In a bid to get people across BNSSG talking about mental health, residents are also being invited to come along on the day to Rafters Café at Weston General Hospital where Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) will be holding an information event. The event is just one of hundreds of Time to Talk events taking place across the country.
Stephen Budd, Involvement Coordinator at AWP said:
"The Time to Talk event taking place at Rafters Café in Weston General Hospital will give people across North Somerset a chance to find out more about the services available while having an informal chat about mental health. We want to use this as an effective way of breaking down stigma and promoting an inclusive community."
Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said;
"We know that face-to-face contact with someone who has experienced a mental health problem - who can talk openly and confidently about it - is key to transforming our understanding and attitudes and we want to start conversations all over the country. Often just asking someone how they are and reminding them that you care can have a massive impact for someone with a mental health problem. "
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