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World Mental Health Day

10/10/2017

Today is World Mental Health Day, a day where on 10 October every year, everyone is encouraged to talk about their mental health, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. Here at Healthwatch Kingston, our Mental Health task group work hard all year round to improve services in the Kingston borough. We asked Mental Health task group chair Tony Williams for his thoughts and here’s what he had to say:

 

“Our wellbeing is a precious thing. It’s generally only when we don’t have it that we realise this. Most of us are used to the idea we should take care of ourselves and the people we care about. When we think about this we often consider things like diet and exercise, and limiting our smoking and drinking. These are good aims; but we need to think wider, to take account of our mental wellbeing too. And if we suffer poor mental health we want to receive the help that lets us recover. We want Kingston to be a place that promotes wellbeing in the widest sense, for everyone, and bringing that about is our aim. That is the focus of Thrive Kingston, the new five year mental health strategy.”

For top tips on how to look after your mental health check out these tips from The Mental Health Foundation.

 

Mind Kingston are holding events today – you can find out about them on their Twitter page.

 

Want to get involved and help us to improve services further? Contact us about volunteering opportunities or come along to our next Mental Health Task Group meeting which will be held at 1.30pm on 2nd November at Kingston Quaker Centre.

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