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Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

Posted on the 19th April 2016

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust"s Community Restart Team is inviting people to join in a series of events across Central Lancashire to celebrate national Mental Health Awareness Week which takes place from 16 to 22 May 2016.

The Community Restart Team works with individual service users to provide tailored support according to their requirements, this can include things such as employment, finances, housing and social inclusion.  The team has partnerships with several external organisations to provide service users with the most relevant and up to date support which helps with their recovery and overall wellbeing.

For Mental Health Awareness Week the team, together with some of its partners, has organised a range of events in Central Lancashire to raise awareness of mental health and help reduce stigma.

Hanifa Usman-Tailor, Asset Based Community Development Officer at Central Lancashire Community Restart Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust who has led the organisation of the week-long celebrations said:

"This is a great opportunity to get people talking about mental health; whether they are living with mental health problems themselves, or someone is concerned about a loved one. We want to break down the barriers and reduce the stigma around mental health, letting people know it is ok to talk about it and seek help and support.

"We are really looking forward to the week itself and have lots of great events planned. Everyone is welcome to get involved and we look forward to seeing people throughout what looks to be a fun-filled week!"

Events taking place include Cycle4MentalHealth rides along the docklands in Preston and Chorley, a journey of art and wellbeing in Preston and a peer support event in Skelmersdale amongst many others! The full programme of events can be found by visiting www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/mental-health-awareness-week-2016