Since ‘Parity of Esteem’ was enshrined in law by the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, we’ve seen mental health move up the agenda and greater reporting in the media. The idea is simple, mental health must be given equal priority to physical health.
It’s estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. Mental health problems are common and people are starting to talk more openly about their own experiences but sadly there is still a stigma which can prevent people from telling anyone that they’re struggling or from seeking the help that they need.
All the partners involved in Healthier Wigan, will work together to challenge stigma, promote wellbeing and make sure that we help those who experience poor mental health in the best way possible. This means:
We will also be looking at different ways we can work together to support people to improve their general wellbeing. For example, for some people it may be about sharing information about groups and initiatives to combat loneliness.
As part of The Deal for Health and Wellness, Healthier Wigan is also committed to ensuring our residents and businesses spot the signs and support those who may be struggling. This involves communities working together and taking action to improve lives in the short and longer term for our borough as a whole.
In Wigan, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of mental health services, delivering children and adult mental health services as well as learning disability services. More information about the services can be found at: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/wigan
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