Southwark GPs support Mental Health Awareness Week 2016
This year's Mental Health Awareness Week is focused on relationships.
Good relationships help us to live longer and happier lives with fewer physical and mental health problems. Supportive connections we share with friends, family and our community are critical to our health and wellbeing.
Dr Nancy Kuchemann, local GP and clinical lead for mental health at NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "If you're having mental health problems, you're not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.
“Modern life is full of distractions but relationships with friends and family can have a positive impact on our mental wellbeing.
"Mental health is just as important as your physical health. Life changes, such as getting a regular good night's sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, reducing your alcohol intake and getting regular exercise, can help you to feel more in control and more able to cope."
The advice from health professionals is that if you have been feeling low for more than a few weeks or feelings of anxiety are affecting your daily life - make an appointment with your GP.
Mental Health Awareness Week (16 – 22 May 2016) is organised by the Mental Health Foundation and aims to raise awareness of mental health to fight discrimination and stigma and promote good mental wellbeing. Find out how to get involved and show your support.
Find out more about mental health services in Southwark.
Visit NHS Choices for a wide range of information on mental health.