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Healthwatch Trafford launches new Mental Health directory during Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020, and this year the theme is kindness. The aim of the week is to get people talking and thinking about mental health, and it provides the perfect time for Healthwatch Trafford to launch our Mental Health directory.

Mental health and wellbeing in Trafford, service directory. The directory has been put together to give people that live, work and use services in Trafford a guide to finding help with issues around mental health. It contains details of local and national organisations that can help, some simple guides and information that may be useful to those that might need some help themselves or for people that want to help someone that they care about.

There is a section giving helpful suggestions on what you can do if Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting your mental health.

Healthwatch Trafford have committed to continually update and grow the directory, so encourage any groups or (non commercial) organisations that feel that they should be included to get in touch with details.

Adam Webb, Information and Communications officer at Healthwatch Trafford said:
'Finding the right kind of help with your mental health can be confusing, complicated and daunting. We know there are many people, groups and organisations doing great work who are there to help, we just wanted to find the best way to get the right information to people so they can make the best choices for themselves or those that they would like to help.'

Andrew Latham, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Trafford said:
'Whilst there are many established routes into mental health treatment and support, we often find services that work outside established referral pathways and it’s important to ensure that the public have information available so that they can make an informed choice about where to seek help. As well as highlighting those established services provided by partners such as Greater Manchester Mental Health, we also want to list more localised community initiatives. There is great work being done in Trafford and across Greater Manchester and we hope that this directory will help both to highlight that work and to enable those that need help to find it quickly.' Adam Webb added:
'Mental health awareness week is about getting people to talk about mental health and the theme this year is kindness. With this in mind, we encourage you to share this information as you never know who might need some guidance and could benefit from getting help.'

The guide can be found in the resources section of the Healthwatch Trafford website or by clicking here.

May 21, 2020