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​​World Mental Health Day 2016 

​NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting this year’s World Mental Health Day. The theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress.

The idea of focusing on psychological first aid is that all or any of us may need to step in to help when someone needs it, and to help them to see if they need professional help.  

Every day, and all around us, people often experience personal crises, from potentially losing a loved one, going through a stressful situation at work, or experiencing a serious physical illness. There are also people who sadly experience abuse and/or violence, all of which increase stress and the likelihood of developing mental health problems. 

Dr Adrian McLachlan, local GP and Chair of Lambeth CCG, said: “We know that 1 in 4 adults in the UK will experience a mental health problem. Mental health will affect us all in some way. 

“On World Mental Health Day, let’s get the nation talking – after all, talking is one of the best things we can do to look after our mental health. If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you're worried about someone you know - help is available. You're not alone; talk to someone you trust. S​haring a problem is often the first step to recovery.” 

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues, encouraging everyone to be conscious of the need to provide the right support when people around us experience the stress of traumatic events. 

If you want to support, have a look at the ​​Lambeth Collaborative's Living Well Network Hub​ - ​this is often called the ‘front door to mental health services’ this is because if you are having a ‘wobbly’ day or you aren’t feeling well and are worried about your mental health and wellbeing you can contact the Hub and introduce yourself. The staff will talk to you over the phone and ask you what is troubling you, what skills and strategies you employ that normally keep you well and what you think you need to get back to having a ‘good life’. ​You can read some of the Hub's Recovery Stories here​.

For more updates, follow #WMHD16 on Twitter.​