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Mental Health Awareness Week

12th May 2014

Mental Health Awareness Week

What is Mental Health Awareness Week?

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) runs from Monday 12th May to Sunday 18th May 2014.

Every year, the Mental Health Foundation leads Mental Health Awareness Week. The purpose of the initiative is to raise public awareness of mental health and wellbeing.

This year MHAW will focus on anxiety. Each year one in four of us will experience a mental health problem such as anxiety or depression and evidence shows that the number of people experiencing anxiety problems is growing.

How Mental Health links to advice

Good mental health and wellbeing isnít just about solving a clinical problem. The problems experienced by our clients can have a profoundly negative effect on their mental health.

There is lots of evidence which shows that the problems experienced by our clients can have a profoundly negative effect on their mental health.

Did you know:

  • having a debt problem reduces the likelihood of recovery from depression
  • people with debt problems are twice as likely to subsequently develop major depression
  • studies have shown that people with poorer mental health are more likely to experience welfare rights problems
  • at least 30 per cent of GP consultations are for a mental health problem

The good news is that there is a growing body of evidence which supports what we already know - that advice services can reduce the burden on clients and improve mental wellbeing. A recent Health and Poverty pilot, funded by the Department of Health, showed that after accessing Bureau advice, clients reported improved wellbeing.

Support Mental Health Awareness Week

One of the first things you can do is support mental health awareness week. The Mental Health Foundation 'Getting involved' kit gives tips on how to tweet or talk about mental health as well as ways to improve your own mental health.

The dedicated mental health service delivered by Sheffield Citizens Advice Bureau is the focus of a recent report looking at the need for welfare advice services for people experiencing mental health services. The report launched in Parliament by the Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, makes a compelling case for advice services as an integrated and cost effective care.

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