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Build back Mayor of London’s call for improved mental health awareness in the capital

Story added 2nd Aug 2017

City Hall, London

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has this week written an article for the calling for increased awareness amongst Londoners of mental health issues in the capital, following the launch of mental health campaign in July.

In the article, the Mayor outlines how Thrive LDN will work towards empowering London’s communities to take faster action on addressing poor mental health and the underlying causes behind it, encouraging better integration between local authorities, health services and employers in the capital.

Over two million Londoners experience some form of mental health issue every year, and the ThriveLDN campaign has been devised to raise awareness and understanding around mental health, to help Londoners lead happier and healthier lives.

Six key aspirations were agreed by the Thrive LDN movement last month:

- Supporting more Londoners to maintain good mental health

- Developing a programme to stamp out mental health stigma and discrimination

- Working with schools and youth organisations to get young people involved

- Working with employers to improve mental health in the workplace

- Using digital technology to boost Londoners’ access to support and services

- Working with partner organisations to reduce the number of suicides in London

Phil Chamberlain, Executive Director (External Engagement) said:

"Build have long worked to raise awareness of mental health issues in the capital, and welcome the Mayor of London's recent move to highlight the issue, which affects almost a quarter of Londoners every year."

"We believe building increased awareness of mental health issues through initiatives such as ThriveLDN and our own Mental Wealth Festival are essential to improving the everyday health of Londoners."

Our annual will be taking place this autumn between 12-14 September 2017. This year's festival will be exploring the “human face of wellbeing”, and will help festival goers to move beyond the usual mental health statistics and policies and to encounter real stories, discovering how we can achieve and celebrate mental wealth. Tickets are available , with both on sale.

 

Read Sadiq Khan’s full article on the .

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