Romford market stall helps spread mental health awareness

PUBLISHED: 17:23 20 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:23 20 May 2016

Mayor of Havering Philippa Crowder with mental health service providers

Mayor of Havering Philippa Crowder with mental health service providers


Charities and health service providers came together in Romford Market today (Friday) to raise awareness of mental health.

The event, to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2016, saw Havering Mind, the borough’s Clinical Commissioning Group, North East London NHS Foundation Trust, The Samaritans and others come together in a bid to increase understanding.

Havering’s newly elected mayor Cllr Philippa Crowder attended and spoke to those assembled.

She said: “Far too often the needs of people with mental health concerns are not recognised or, if recognised, are not properly addressed.

“And far too often there is a stigma attached to talking about your mental health and that is something that must change.

“Mental Health Awareness Week aims to highlight the help that is available and this stand in Romford Market is an excellent way of letting Havering residents know about the services on offer.”

Havering Mind, who the Recorder has partnered for a year long campaign to increase mental health awareness, was sharing advice.

The charity’s events Coordinator Ciaran White said: “We are delighted with the turnout today with many members of the public coming up to ask and speak about mental health. We are also so please that so many organisations came together to support this event!”

Jamie Pritchard, a volunteer with Havering Samaritans, added: “Talking about mental health can be the hardest thing but once you have got past that step it can help you to start solving problems.”

For contact details of the mental health services available click here.

For more information about our campaign, Mind Your Mental Health, click here .

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