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Local Mindsmatter Service raising awareness for World Mental Health Day 2016

Posted on the 29th September 2016

As email traffic can often contribute to stress, Health Professionals in the Trust’s Mindsmatter team are, on World Mental Health Day 2016, encouraging their staff to use old-fashion ways of communicating such as speaking in person or by telephone.

World Mental Health Day is held on 10 October. As part of events to mark the occasion, staff within the Mindsmatter service, which is provided by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, will have two 30-minute windows one in the morning and the other in the afternoon to check their emails.

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day (WMHD) as an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health. In conjunction with the global campaign, the service is urging people to get in touch as part of efforts to raise awareness and reduce the stigma linked with mental health. The Mindsmatter service provides talking therapies, and psychological and therapeutic support for people living in Lancashire and St Helens.

The service provides educational classes on understanding and managing stress, anxiety and depression, techniques to improve relaxation and sleep, and ways of accessing counselling and online cognitive behavioural therapy programmes.

Phil Gooden, Mindsmatter Service Manager said: “Sadly there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health which can often deter people from opening up and getting in touch with their local support service. As part of the WMHD campaign, we want to encourage people who are feeling low, lonely or experiencing mental health problems to refer into the service and get the help they need. No one should feel as though they have no one to talk to and WMHD is a great opportunity to raise the profile of available mental health services . We want to remind people of the many ways in which they can access the service and that it is okay to talk.”

People can access the Mindsmatter service via the online referral form from the comfort of their own home by post, telephone or by visiting their GP. For more information about your local Mindsmatter service and to access the online self-referral form, visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter.