Mental Health Awareness Week 16 – 22 May 2016.

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This week is the seventh Mental Health Awareness week. Since this annual event was launched in 2000 by The Mental Health Association, with the aim of highlighting and generating debate about mental health issues and how these can best be addressed in society.

The theme of Mental Health Awareness week this year is that of Relationships. The charity highlights the importance of forging, building and maintaining strong and trusting relationships to our mental well-being. People suffering from mental health problems are often more isolated and struggle for a variety of reasons, to build this type of lasting and dependable relationship. Further information about the thinking behind the theme this year, and details as to how you can seek help from or seek to help the charity can be found on the Mental Health Association's website.     

Mental illness encompasses a very wide range of conditions and can of course in itself significantly impact upon all areas of a patient's life. It is also a frequent secondary effect of physical injury.

As a clinical negligence lawyer on the South Coast, I frequently meet with clients who have suffered not only devastating physical injuries due to failings in their medical care, but also very significant psychological injuries as a consequence. This can range from depression to anxiety to PTSD and other conditions, which in turn can sometimes impede physical recovery, becoming a perpetuating cycle.

If you have sustained an injury which means that you are unable to work for a period of time or perhaps need a lot of help around the home and getting out and about, it is easy to see how it may become much more difficult to maintain pre-existing relationships with colleagues, family and friends, which over time could lead to increased isolation, with a negative impact on the individual's mental well-being.   

Addressing the mental health issues is therefore just as important as addressing the physical issues and having good, strong, dependable relationships with a variety of individuals is vital to this. 

There are a large number of events being organised all around the country to promote Mental Health Awareness Week, but a couple of local events caught my eye. Solent Mind will be at Southampton Central train station on Tuesday 17 May 2016, and Isle of Wight NHS Trust is holding a Mental Health fete at St Mary's Hospital, Newport on Friday 20 May 2016 between 1pm and 4pm, to which all are welcome. Click here for more details. 

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Kym specialises in clinical negligence claims and heads our clinical negligence team in Southampton.

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