One of our Trustees, Gabriel, has written about his reflections on Mental Health Week and the importance of visibility in how we change peoples views on mental health.


Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and it allowed for issues to be raised at national levels, people to speak about their experiences and for stigmas to be challenged. Even though it is over, we can still maintain the feeling and energy of that week. The world we find ourselves in at the moment is strange and challenging but we can continue to support each other and be kind to ourselves.

We can have open and honest conversations with each other about how we feel and what we are going through, it is something that has had an impact on us all. If you feel like you need to talk to someone there will be someone that wants to listen. Be that a friend, a family member, a colleague or someone on a phone line, somebody wants to listen to you. If you feel like you need to talk to someone or need some tips about managing your mental health you can find them here. Likewise you can be there for your friends and family.

You don’t need to be a therapist to provide a friendly listening ear and be supportive. If you are worried about someone you know, you can use the same link above to find them some more support. Feeling Strong is continuing to provide support during this period via our Video Chat Drop In, our online resource hub and our food and care packages. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all the latest information on what we are doing.

So Mental Health Awareness Week may be over but let's carry that spirit together through this time. Make time to do things you enjoy, reach out to your friends and let's build the supportive community that we want to see for the future.