World Mental Health Day on October 10 will be marked in Medway with special information stands to provide people with help and guidance.

They will be at the junction of Meeting House Lane and Chatham High St. between Primark and Debenhams from 1000 to 1600.

There will be information for people who are concerned about their own, or someone else’s, mental health and want to find out more about the help available to them.

Individual guidance meetings and counselling services will also be available in the Pentagon centre.

This event is being held in partnership with Medway Council Public Health and mental health charities including, Mental Health Matters, Rethink, Sunlight Trust, MHCO and the Kent & Medway Partnership Trust.

Experts estimate that mental health issues can affect one in four people at some point during their lives.

World Mental Health Day is an international campaign for mental health awareness and aims to promote greater public understanding of mental health and wellbeing.

The World Health Organisation says that by 2020, at their current rates of increase, depression and anxiety will be the second largest health issue after heart disease.

• The total number of people in Medway living with a common mental health disorder at any one time was approximately 34,800 in 2012.

• There are approximately 800 people suffering from probable psychosis in Medway due to illnesses such as schizophrenia and bi polar disorder

• In Older People depression is the most common mental health problem. By 2015 it is expected that there will be 3620 older people living with depression in Medway.

Source: Medway Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and POPPI

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