21 Apr 2017

Commenting on the upcoming Heads Together and Virgin Money London Marathon, Carolyn Regan, Chief Executive of West London Mental Health NHS Trust said:

“This weekend sees a huge milestone in the fight to challenge mental health stigma. As official sponsors of one of the most high profile marathons in the world, Heads Together are encouraging people to speak out about their mental health in the most high profile way.

“This shows how far we have come but we know mental health stigma is still a big issue for our patients and their carers and our message is clear and simple. No one should feel ashamed to speak up and everyone should feel able to say ‘I need help’. Our staff and partners are hugely dedicated and are here to support people through their mental health issues and into recovery.

“It’s ok to talk about mental health.”

BACKGROUND

West London Mental Health NHS Trust serves the mental health and wellbeing needs of 70,000 people in west London.

The Single Point of Access is a telephone based service which helps to provide the right out-of-hours care for people in crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When someone feels unsafe, at risk or unable to cope without professional advice, trained mental health advisors and clinicians will work with people to enable them to manage their difficulties without having to access other services. The Single Point of Access can be contacted on 0300 1234 244.