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GPs in Lewisham are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

 

This year's Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 16 to 22 May and it ​is focused on relationships.  

Good relationships help us live longer and happier lives with fewer physical and mental health problems. These are the supportive connections we share with friends, family and our community -investing in these relationships is critical to our health and wellbeing. 

Dr Marc Rowland, Chair of ​NHS LewishamClinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "If you're having mental health problems, you're not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.

"It can be tempting to check your phone, Facebook messages or even work emails when with family and friends. Try to be present in the moment and there for your loved ones, our relationships matter and can affect our mental health
 
"Remember mental health is just as important as your physical health, life changes, such as getting a regular good night's sleep, keeping to a healthy diet, reducing your alcohol intake and getting regular exercise, can help you feel more in control and more able to cope."   

The advice from health professionals is that if you've been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks or your anxiety is affecting your daily life; make an appointment to speak to your GP.

Mental Health Awareness Week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation and aims to raise awareness of mental health to fight discrimination and stigma and promote good mental wellbeing. You can show support by wearing the Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 badge – download from the Metal Health Foundation website.

Support and help is available for young people, visit the NHS young mental health webpage, a hub for young people with advice on depression, anxiety, self-harm, stress, bullying and eating disorders.

To find out more about Mental Health Week visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk