Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is being held from May 16 to 22.

John Lawlor, Chief Executive of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), the North East’s mental health and disability care provider, is supporting the event, which this year focuses on ‘relationships’.

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘relationships’ and it is an important theme in mental health. The relationship between our staff, service users and their carers and families is hugely important. It shapes how we deliver services and how patients access and work in partnership with professionals. As a Trust we involve service users at every stage of their treatment; our services, care plans and even the values we work by are shaped by services users and, where appropriate, their carers. Around one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and the relationships which shape mental health care should not be neglected; how mental health services work and how care is shaped depend on them.

John LawlorChief Executive of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW)

Mental Health Awareness Week was created by the Mental Health Foundation with the aim of encouraging people to talk more openly about the issues that surround mental health and to raise awareness of the issues people face.