CamdenNewJournal

The independent London newspaper

Many suffer in silence

18 May, 2018

• THIS is Mental Health Awareness Week. While it’s estimated that two million Londoners suffer from mental ill health, previous studies show that many do not access any form of treatment.

Poor mental health affects people from all backgrounds but, sadly, too many across our city’s diverse communities suffer in silence. Many are still too afraid to speak openly about the issues they face, such as stress, depression and anxiety.

Last summer, the Mayor of London launched the Thrive LDN movement to improve mental health and wellbeing across the capital and drive out stigma and discrimination.

Thrive LDN also plays the important role of promoting a more joined-up approach between boroughs, health services, police, transport and voluntary organisations when offering support services to people with mental health issues.

We want all Londoners to feel confident they can have an open conversation about their mental health. Mental Health Awareness Week reminds us that it’s important to reach out to family, friends and our work colleagues and ensure those vital support networks are in place.

JENNETTE ARNOLD
Labour London Assembly Member for the North East

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