Mental health sufferers often feel like their illness is hard to speak about. But from 8-14 May Mental Health Awareness Week will shine a spotlight on the problems they face.
Given that a quarter of the general population is affected by mental illness at some point, the number of Newham residents affected amounts to some 50,000 people. For Mental Health Awareness Week various organisations have come together to put on a programme of supportive events.
Wednesday 10 May, 10.30am-12.30pm, Plaistow Library, North Street. A range of mental illness organisation charities will be holding talks in order to help citizens.
Thursday 11 May, 2pm-5pm, Stratford Advice Centre, the Grove. The Newham ASK forum will be holding a session to assist and advise residents living with mental illness.
Thursday 11 May, 10.45am-2pm, the Greenway Orchard. This event is targeted at those at risk of developing mental illness, the day will include activities that will teach self-reliance and personal gains that can create to a better well-being.
Thursday 11 May, 10am- 12 noon, Newham Child and Family Consultation Service, York House, Barking Road. This event will be a coffee morning to support young people and their families who suffer from mental illness.
Friday 12 May, 2pm-4pm, the Gate Library, Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate. ‘Are you surviving or thriving?’ A support and advice event which will be led by Alzheimer’s Society. Attendees will also be able to get massages and take part in other relaxing actives.