Mental Health Awareness week – Surviving or Thriving?

Published Friday, 12th May 2017 old woman and carer

This week is Mental Health awareness week so the Council is urging people to think about how they could improve their emotional wellbeing.

The theme for this year’s awareness week is ‘Surviving or Thriving’ which provides an ideal time for people to step back and think about whether they really are experiencing good mental health. 

Terri Roche, Rotherham Council’s Director of Public Health said: “Mental health week is a good opportunity for us all to ask ourselves if we are ‘surviving or thriving’.

"We all have mental health and we need to take care of it to ensure healthy minds as well as healthy bodies. It’s not unusual to be struggling with your mental health in some way or another and it is important to take action before it escalates. This could involve changing lifestyles or simply talking more to people who can help – including talking to family and friends."  

If you need support it  is available 24/7 through Samaritans and Rotherham Crisis service and residents should be reassured that it is always ok to “break the silence” by talking to friends or relatives or calling these specialist organisations.

Anyone concerned about themselves, a friend or a family member, can call:

Samaritans 116 123image

Rotherham Crisis Team 01709 302670image

For more information about improving mental health visit the NHS website and search for five ways to mental wellbeing.

NHS five ways to mental health and wellbeing