ONE in 6 adults in the past week experienced a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression.
Mental Health is a priority for NHS Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commission Group (T&G CCG) and, as part of the Living Life Well Programme, services are being reviewed, developed, commissioned and provided to help support people to stay well.
To help promote these services and the start of Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), CCG Practice Liaison Manager Megan Harrison set off at midnight on Saturday 11 May with three friends and 250 other people to walk up Snowdon raising almost £1,000 for mental health charity Mind.
Megan said: “Many of us live with mental illness and Mind provides support and reliable information to help change people’s lives for the better. They are an amazing organisation.
“The walk was fantastic, terrifying, horrific and exhausting at various times. It mirrored my journey through mental illness and was a profound experience.
“I want to thank everyone who donated and have put up with me obsessing about it for months!!”
NHS T&G CCG and Tameside Council have been reaching out to local people this week encouraging them to talk about their mental wellbeing and to seek help from support services.
Anyone over the age of 16 and registered with a GP in Tameside and Glossop can self-refer to Pennine Care’s Healthy Minds service https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/your-services/service-directory/tameside-and-glossop/mental-health/adults/tameside-and-glossop-healthy-minds/ and if a child or young person feels they need help from a specialist mental health service, they should talk to a teacher or their GP who can advise whether this is needed and help to get an appointment https://healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/im-a-young-person/