West Berkshire Council

Health and Wellbeing Board focuses on stress during Mental Health Awareness Week

West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB) has made mental health a priority for next year and will be focusing on coping with stress during Mental Health Awareness Week.

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Issued on: 15 May 2018.

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is 'Stress - are we coping?'

MHAW runs from May 14-20 and West Berkshire's Health and Wellbeing Board is working to raise awareness of the growing issue of stress and has made two of its priorities next year about mental health. The Brighter Berkshire Campaign in 2017 highlighted the importance of mental health and the HWBB wants to make sure that the momentum is continued through 2018. The HWBB has also identified that supporting vulnerable people, such as those with mental health conditions, into employment or other meaningful activity will be a priority for the coming year.

Councillor Dominic Boeck, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said: "Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes and stress is a key factor in this.

"No one is immune to stress and we will be focussing on the impact of stress throughout MHAW and getting the message out to communities through a programme of special events. We will also be having a market stall on two days during the week in both Newbury and Thatcham and will be available to offer advice on coping mechanisms and signposting people to help."

To find out more about what is going on during the week, please read our Public Health Blog.