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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 13 May to Sunday 19 May 2019.

Led by national charity Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme is body image - how we think and feel about our bodies.  Last year the charity found that 30 per cent of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. That’s almost 1 in every 3 people.

We are expanding on the to focus on self-image. This is how we think and feel about ourselves as a whole person, including our appearance, abilities and personality.

Every single person is amazing and unique in their own way, but some people struggle to see this about themselves.

If this sounds like you, we have lots planned this week on social media to encourage and support you to think positively about yourself.

For some people, having a negative self-image can lead to mental health issues such as low mood or anxiety. In extreme cases it can even lead to an eating disorder, or more serious mental health issues such as self-harm or thoughts of suicide.

If you are struggling and need some support, details of some services, along with local and national, resources are provided below. We’ll also be sharing some of these on social media.

We'd love you to get involved this week by following us @PennineCareNHS on Twitter and Instagram and PennineCareNHSFT on Facebook.

Don’t forget to use #MHAW19 or #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Stories and tips from our inspirational staff and patients

Here you can find tips and stories from some of our inspirational staff and patients about how they have overcome challenges around body image, or self-image. Thank you to everyone who has shared their story. 

We’ll be adding more stories during the week and sharing them on social media, so please checking back.

If you’d like to share your story or tips, we’d really like to hear from you. Simply Tweet or Facebook us at the details above!

Five steps to positive body image

Here are five things you can try to boost your body-confidence:


1. Look at yourself as a whole person - We often focus on very specific things when we’re being critical of ourselves. Try to look beyond those, and see yourself for everything you are, so you can pick out some good bits, too. Writing a top-ten list of things you like about yourself can help with this.

2. Surround yourself with positive people - Having supportive friends and family is a great way to boost your body-confidence, as they will always be able to tell you what your best features are

3. Do something nice for yourself - A bit of “me-time” often works a treat. Take a bubble bath, make time for a nap, or find a peaceful place outside to relax

4. Compliment other people – Helping other people feel confident in themselves is a great way to boost your own self-esteem. You may even get a compliment in return!

5. Channel your energy – When you’re feeling a little bit down, why not spend your time supporting a local charity, or playing with your kids? Spending time with people who appreciate you can be a massive confidence-booster.

Events this week

Some of our teams are holding events this week. Please click here for details (PDF document).

Need support or advice?

Urgent support:

If you need mental health support urgently, please go to your nearest accident and emergency department or phone 999.

General advice and signposting:

If you feel youwould benefit from mental health support, but are unsure what would best meet your needs, please speak to your GP.

Anxiety and depression:

If you are aged 16 years and over and experiencing anxiety or depression, you can self-refer to our Healthy Minds Services.  These are available in Bury, Oldham, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

In Rochdale, we work in partnership with The Big Life Group to provided a service called Thinking Ahead.

The teams can offer lots of different types of short-term therapy. Following an assessment, they will advise which is most appropriate based on your needs.

Click here to find out more and self-refer.  Your GP can also refer you.

Eating disorders services for young people:

If you are worried you might have an eating disorder, or are worried about someone else, our dedicated community eating disorders services are here to help.

If you are aged 16 to 18 years you can self-refer. A parent, carer or anyone who works with you, or supports you, can also make a referral on your behalf - but they must have your permission first.

If you are under 16 years, please speak to your GP or another health care professional.  

Click here to find out more.

Emotional health and wellbeing support for young people in Heywood, Middelton and Rochdale:

Our Rochdale borough #Thrive service offers emotional health and wellbeing support to young people aged up to 19 years.

The team offers more traditional types of support, such as one-to-one or group counselling sessions, or online courses. They can also signpost to other types of support, such as sport, drama, music or art.

Drop in sessions are throughout the week. Click here to find out more.

Local and national online website and resources:

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