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32,000 people call mental health helpline

More than 32,000 people called the Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline last year.

That was up from 21,000 who contacted the Brighter Futures service the previous twelve months.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, the organisation is raising awareness of the mental health support services it provides across Staffordshire, including: 

  • Echo, which provides mutual support to people over the age of 18 who have experienced self-harm, allowing them to talk in confidence to others in a supportive environment. Since April 2016, the service has helped 80 people reduce their self-harm, with many people attending hospital less often as a result.
  • The Safe Spaces Network, which offers a safe and calm space to people in mental distress or crisis over a weekend. During 2016/17, Safe Spaces provided 205 people with 24 hour support, information and assistance to resolve distress in a supportive environment.
  • The Clubhouse Network, which offers opportunities to meet new people, access support, training and volunteering for people experiencing mental ill health. During 2016/17 the Clubhouse Network supported over 300 individuals, and has become a resource and community venue for other mental health services, including Changes, North Staffs Mind and North Staffs Young Carers Group.

The theme for this year’s awareness week is 'Surviving or Thriving,' with the aim to celebrate good mental health as an asset that helps people to thrive. 

To find out more about the mental health support services available at Brighter Futures, please call 01782 406000 or go to www.brighter-futures.org.uk

To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week visit: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

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