8 October 2014
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) is to host a series of events as part of its contribution to World Mental Health Day (10th October).
"People underestimate how many people actually can have a mental health problem," says Jennie Rowden, Counselling Psychologist at C&I. "Around one in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, so it means that either you or one of your family or friends will need additional help at some point, and that's where we can help."
The public usually only recognise someone with bipolar, or schizophrenia or perhaps even Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as having a mental health problem, but actually that's not the case. At C&I, which is your local NHS mental health and substance misuse service, we regularly treat people with anxiety, or worry or confidence or even sleep disorders. All of these are considered mental health problems for which we can offer the best advice, treatment and care.
"The point of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of Mental Health conditions and to break down the stigma and discrimination surrounding them," says Judy Leibowitz, Clinical Lead for Icope at C&I.
"With one in four of us likely to suffer from a mental health problem, we shouldn't stigmatise people who have an issue."
As with all things, early treatment and diagnosis is key to successful recovery, so if you notice something isn't quite right then either get in touch with C&I or alternatively speak to your GP who will advise you on what treatments are available.
"We are marking this World Mental Health Day with a series of events. We want people to know we are here, ready to help, 24/7," says Karl Heidel, Head of Communications at C&I. "To mark the day we have an exhibition stall and experts on hand at Morrisons supermarket in Camden, we are also opening a new art exhibition at Highgate Mental Health Centre, and we are also launching our new Twitter service @CI_NHS."