World Mental Health Day: free support available

06 October 2017

Workplace wellbeing is in the spotlight on Tuesday 10 October for World Mental Health Day, with GPs in NHS Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) urging residents to seek immediate help for any work-related mental health condition.

In the UK, an estimated one in six people in the workplace experience a mental health condition such as stress, anxiety or depression.

However, workers in Barking and Dagenham are not alone, as support is always available through Talking Therapies – a free, confidential and professional NHS service focused on helping people feel better.

Talking Therapies is staffed by a specialist team, experienced in advising on effective tools and techniques proven to help alleviate suffering. There is no need to see a GP; just visit www.mytalkingtherapies.org.uk or call 0300 300 1554 for more information or to speak to the team.

For those businesses and organisations looking to tackle workplace conditions at source, this World Mental Health Day is focused on addressing stigmas surrounding mental health in the workplace and promoting improved well-being amongst employees and colleagues.

Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham is hosting a Mental Health Marketplace on 10 October from 2pm to 4pm at the Gallery, Barking Learning Centre, which is open to all local residents. Organisations will be offering free neck massages, health checks and creative activities. This is an opportunity to understand the services available locally and to speak to someone willing to listen and help.

On the same day, London citywide movement, Thrive LDN, will be staging a business breakfast from 8am to 9am at Relish Café in Barking Learning Centre. This is aimed at exploring some of the misconceptions around mental health and supporting employers in creating mentally healthy workplaces. It’s free to register and attendees will have access to a range of resources.

Local GP and Chair of NHS Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Dr Waseem Mohi, said:

“This year’s World Mental Health Day aims to promote wellbeing in the workplace, through raising awareness of the signs of pressure and the help that’s available for those feeling the strain.

“In Barking and Dagenham, Talking Therapies is always on hand to provide an outlet for people suffering work-related anxiety, stress or depression. Sharing feelings, fears and concerns can provide important relief and reinforce that fact that those with mental health conditions are not alone – your NHS will work tirelessly to help.”

Find out more about the free support available if you're struggling to cope with work stress, or money worries.