People of Sheffield have their say on national mental health awareness week

Today marks the start of National Mental Health Awareness Week, and the people of Sheffield have had their say.

Run by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), the week seeks to develop an understanding about why many people struggle with mental health issues.

Erin Lynch, business development executive at MHF, said: “I’m glad that I work amongst others who are on standby to protect and support each other’s mental health and wellbeing.”

A recent survey from NatCen found that 4 in 10 people in the UK say they have experienced depression at some stage of their life, and over a quarter of people say they have experienced panic attacks or other related anxiety episodes.

4 in 10 people in the UK experience depression but many do not speak out.

The survey concluded that current levels of good mental health are ‘disturbingly’ low and are collectively deteriorating.

The Mental Health Foundation are now pushing for fairer funding for research in the area and the establishment of a Royal Commission to investigate how to prevent issues.

They also want a new national health programme supplemented by a yearly review and report to track progress of development and public understanding.

The Sheffield area was recently boosted by the additional £1.8m grant for Sheffield IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) to provide more psychological support for those suffering.

The local mental health group works with over 12,000 people in the region and the new funding can be used to further improve the mental health of Sheffield citizens.

Despite this good news, residents have today aired their concerns regarding the shortcomings of public and mental health services and warned that there is no easy fix.

Watch the video below for more.


Two years on, ShefNews revisited the mental health situation in Sheffield for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.

Joel Middleton

20 year old journalist with the University of Sheffield. A fan of the old politics, football, darts, economics and all four with a quiet drink at the end of a working week. Views own.

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