Surviving or thriving? is the title of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week.
Run by the Mental Health Foundation - this Mental Health Awareness Week, 8-14 May 2017, looks at mental health from a new angle. Instead of looking at poor mental health it's taking a look at why more of us aren't thriving with good mental health.
For too many people, life is a struggle. A fight, to pay bills, manage our livelihoods or cope with our relationships.
Locally the Liberal Democrats are backing the campaign to bring mental health to the forefront of the conversation, and to the forefront of the governments mind. We want the government to make things easier for local people so life isn't always a battle. That means peace of mind on the economy, health and schools through proper investment.
Many people are now starting to talk about their mental health too. But it can be tough to recognise that we sometimes donít feel 100% and tough to talk about it if we do. There are tools available to you and talk about it with friends, family or a professional.
Here are some useful links for people who want to learn more about mental health:
https://www.mind.org.uk/ Mind is an amazing charity that offers help to anyone struggling with mental illness.
http://www.samaritans.org/ The Samaritans offer support to anyone even if you just want a chat. Theyíre open for calls 24/7, 365 days a year. You can call them on 116 123 and speak to one of their volunteers. It is completely anonymous.
http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth/Pages/Mentalhealthhome.aspx Your GP can help you through a difficult time, as well as help assess you and find local links to help you through a hard time. You can also find details of how to get well at the NHS online here.