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09 October 2017

Supporting Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks 2017

Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) is supporting Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks from 9th – 20th October 2017. The campaign was set up by a small group of service users and carers back in 1993, designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and promoting a greater understanding in the wider community. You can find more information about the events that have been planned across the city to promote the campaign, by visiting the Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks website.

This year we will be focusing on the relationship between physical and mental health, particularly looking at how physical health can be affected by mental health. Additionally, some of our Care and Support projects that support individuals with complex mental health needs have planned a number of events to show our support:

Monday 9th October

Dale Street in Sneinton and Stephanie Lodge Resettlement in Radford will both be hosting a ‘Tea and Talk’ event at their projects, a great opportunity for staff, service users and the wider community to gather together for a chance to discuss key issues relating to mental health awareness.

Wednesday 18th October

A celebration will take place at Portland Leisure Centre from 2pm - 4:30pm to mark Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Week’s 25th year, with music, food, various supporters from the care sector and fun activates for all. As a result, NCHA will be represented at the celebration by NCHA's mental health services who will be there to support the campaign.

Additionally, NCHA is in partnership with Framework for SMaRT to monitor the helpline section of Framework’s ‘Wellness in Mind’ service for Nottingham City. Generally, this allows SMaRT to provide additional emotional support outside of normal working hours to users of this service, so on October 18th from 2pm – 4:30pm, SMaRT will also attend this event, with a stall to promote the helpline section of Framework’s service.

Thursday 19th October

NCHA's city mental health services will be hosting a 5-a-side football tournament at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham between 10am - 3pm to raise awareness and celebrate the campaign.

Dawn Hackman, NCHA Care and Support Project Manager for Dale Street, commented of the importance of the Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks: “People who have no experience of mental health, can often misunderstand what it can be like for those living with mental ill health, causing unnecessary stigma. Therefore, the Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks gives all supported housing providers an opportunity to challenge negative misconceptions, enabling us to champion better support and understanding of those in our community who live with mental ill health. This becomes even more important, in light of current threats to supported housing and is a campaign that all should continue to support.”

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