Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week aims to reduce stigma with series of events

Released: Monday, 10 October 2022

A week-long series of events that aim to challenge the stigma around mental health is taking place in Worthing from today.

Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week, which takes place from 10th to 14th October 2022 at Offington Methodist Church on South Farm Road, brings together a host of charities and organisations to discuss mental health in a relaxed atmosphere.

The event ties in with World Mental Health Day, which takes place today (Monday 10th October). The theme of 2022's World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is 'Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority'.

Data from the charity Mind suggests that one in four people experiences a mental health issue of some kind each year in England. The overall number of people reporting mental health problems has been going up in recent years - up by 20% between 1993 and 2014, in both men and women.

Now in its tenth year, it was for these reasons that Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week was first launched by Carol Barber and Worthing town crier Bob Smytherman.

Councillor Rosey Whorlow, Worthing's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said:

“I am excited to be attending events this week and learning much more about what these wonderful, dedicated and hard-working people are doing to help those in need. Nonetheless, resources are far too stretched and we need far more funding.

“Mental health is one of the biggest underfunded health challenges of our age. Globally mental health services are experiencing acute staff shortages across the board, including nurses, therapists and psychiatrists. Raising awareness of mental health has seen a significant improvement in the ways that we are now able to discuss our experiences, but it needs to be backed up by adequately funded provision that is available to people when they are most in need.”

The event will welcome speakers from local mental health groups, bereavement and loss groups, as well as Gamblers Anonymous, Alzheimer's Society and Adur & Worthing Councils Wellbeing Team.

Housing and homelessness advice will be provided by Turning Tides, and Christians Against Poverty (CAP) will be on hand to provide debt advice. Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust will be speaking about cognitive behavioural therapy and the trust's research and development work.

There will also be a chance to take part in some craft activities like painting, jewellery making and origami with Capital Project Trust and West Sussex Mind. All of the events are free and there is no need to book.

To find out more and check out what's on see:

PR22-195 - World Mental Health Day 2022

(PR22-195)

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