Speak up this World Mental Health Day – Wolverhampton event

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In conjunction with World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and City of Wolverhampton Council are holding an event to celebrate the launch of the Wolverhampton Recovery Centre.

The event will celebrate the launch and see over 20 charities, health organisations and education providers join forces to provide information and advice on a range of subject matters relating to mental health, the launch of the Wolverhampton Mental Health Services Directory and will also feature an exhibition of artwork by people battling addiction showing how recovery is achievable as well as the chance to have a body MOT, massage or acupuncture

Most people will confront some sort of mental health difficulty in their lifetime. The state of your mental health can be affected by factors such as drugs and alcohol, work-related stress and grief – among other things.

Wolverhampton will have its own Recovery College which initially will be based in the Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, until more permanent premises can be found. 

The Recovery College aims to help people to become experts in their own self-care by offering educational courses about mental health and recovery. These courses are designed to increase students' knowledge and skills and to help them feel more confident in self-management of their own mental health and well-being.  This will hopefully help them to achieve or work towards whatever is meaningful in their lives. People can use the college as an alternative to mental health services, alongside support offered from mental health services or to help them move out of mainstream mental health services. The college also enables family, friends, carers and staff to better understand mental health. All Courses are co-produced with users, carers and professionals working in partnership.

The event is taking place at the Mander Centre, between 11am – 3pm.

Dr Salma Reehana, GP and Chair at NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We need to look after our mental health just like our physical health. It’s important that you speak to someone if you notice a change in your mental health such as feeling more stressed, unhappy or disengaged.

“World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to have a chat with a friend, family member or colleague to ask them how they’re feeling. Come along to the event at the Mander Centre where you can talk and meet the many support organisations and charities available in the local area. Opening up the conversation around mental health will encourage those around you to be more aware of how they’re feeling and reach out for support.”

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “I would encourage anybody who may be struggling with their mental health, or know somebody else who is and would like to help, to attend this event and find out more about the help and support which is available to them.

“These issues often go unnoticed, so it is important to gather as much information as possible so that you or a loved one can get help and support when it is most needed.”

In extreme circumstances, people will experience a mental health crisis. This often means that you no longer feel able to cope or feel in control of your situation. You may feel great emotional distress or anxiety, can’t cope with day-to-day life or work, think about suicide or self-harm, or experience hallucinations and hear voices.

In these cases, you should contact NHS 111 for help.

To find out more about the help available for anyone struggling with their mental health, visit the NHS website.

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Notes to editors:

There are a number of Recovery Colleges running across the country, including Oldbury, which has proved highly successful. 

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