Nottinghamshire strives to improve citizens’ mental health

mhaw-kemiNottinghamshire County Council has launched a consultation on tackling poor mental health to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (12-18 May).

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The consultation will run until the 4th July, asking for the views of the general public, people who use mental health services and professionals on the draft strategy and its aims.

The draft strategy sets out five methods of improving mental health:

  • Promoting mental resilience and preventing mental ill health problems
  • Identifying problems early and supporting effective interventions
  • Improving outcomes through effective treatment and relapse prevention
  • Ensuring adequate support for those with mental health problems
  • Improving wellbeing and physical health of those with mental health problems.

Students describe what mental health means to them

‘High priority’

It is estimated that there are over 86,500 adults experiencing common mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety, and more than 3,000 suffering from a severe mental illness in Nottinghamshire. People with poor mental health also often suffer from physical health problems.

“Like physical health, it’s a high priority for anybody to look after their mental health, to make sure that they’re doing the right things to feel okay about themselves”

Diana Niemz, Mental Health Support Team Leader at NTU

Diana Niemz advising on maintaining positive mental health

‘From stress to feeling good’

Central Library in Nottingham is holding an event aimed at promoting positive mental health. “From stress to feeling good” will be taking place on Thursday (15 May) from 6-7pm. The event is free and open to all citizens.

To book a place, you can visit the library or contact them on 0115 915 2825.

 

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