Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is urging people to help raise awareness of mental health problems which can affect anyone, at any time. Today (Tuesday 10 October 2017) is designated World Mental Health Day and is a great opportunity for people to show their support for better mental health and to start looking after their own wellbeing.

The day is also used to raise awareness of mental health issues and highlight support available as well as providing a platform to discuss mental health and wellbeing all of which contributes to reducing the stigma which continues to surround it.

The symbol of support for World Mental Health Day is green ribbons and the theme for World Mental Health Day in 2017 is mental health in the workplace. Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues in the workplace with millions of working days lost each year.

Mental health is a varied and very complex issue and ranges from the most commonly experienced symptoms of stress and anxiety, right through to more complex health conditions, such as depression, bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Emma said: “a quarter of people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year and it’s vital that we recognise the signs and work to remove the stigma which is often still attached to the issue of mental health.

“World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to highlight the range of services that are available to support people suffering with mental health problems and gives us all the opportunity to discuss all aspects of mental health and work together to reduce the stigma which still surrounds it.”

“There are many charities and organisations where information on both World Mental Health Day and all aspects of mental health can be accessed including Mind, NHS Choices, Mental Health Foundation and Time to Change and I would urge everyone to take time to examine the support and advice that is available.

“I have also signed a letter to the PM organised by my colleague, Luciana Berger MP, calling on the PM to ring-fence mental health funding. You can read the letter here: https://tinyurl.com/yb4rc9c4

You can find out more about World Mental Health Day here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day

October 2017