Havering Mind: 'Together we can improve mental health in our community'
PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 January 2016
We are Havering Mind, your local mental health charity. We support people who may be experiencing problems with their mental health and their carers.
We run numerous services that are aimed at supporting people of all different backgrounds and age groups.
Our youngest service user is 10, and our eldest is 92.
On average we support more than 500 people in the local community each year, including people with direct experience, their carers, friends and family.
We are now in our 51st year of operation and are embarking on an exciting period of development and awareness raising.
Historically there has been a lot of misunderstanding in society about what mental health is and what mental health problems are.
Mental health is the health and wellbeing of our minds: how we feel and function in our lives.
Like with physical health, each of us has our own mental health.
Sometimes problems can develop, for a multitude of reasons such as life changes, traumatic events, bereavement, issues at work and so on.
Most common problems include depression, anxiety and periods of stress.
Often the hardest thing about coming to terms with problems with mental health is the initial steps taken to face them. It can be frightening for people to seek help. Many people do not know who to talk to, where to go for help or how to even ask for help.
It is our hope that this campaign will help to break down this stigma, to encourage people to seek help if needed and to inspire people to become more involved with our charity. We hope that you, the reader support our efforts by helping to share this information with your friends and family and help spread the message that mental health is something that we all have.
Together we can improve mental health in our community.
You can contact Havering Mind by calling 01708 457040 or click here to find out more about the charity.