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Look Out For Family And Friends Who Are Struggling This Christmas


8:40am 23rd December 2013

A charity who've been working for over 40 years to try and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness are asking people in Dorset to look after their loved ones this Christmas.

Rethink Mental Illness have services in the county and say this time of year can add more stress to anyone who is suffering.

Steven Woodward works at the Charity's Recovery House in Weymouth and says that with 1 in 4 people affected by mental illness it's important we acknowledge any worries over Christmas, "At Christmas you may notice that a loved one's not themselves, you may notice something different about their personality or the way they're feeling, and we're just here to promote awareness of mental health and that there are services out there if they need that help and support."

Steven has this advice on what to do if you do think someone you know is suffering, "have that conversation with them, don't ignore it, because those symptoms could get worse. And that links in with our “Time To Change” campaign as well, because we are wanting to change the stigma on mental health, and it just starts with that gentle conversation of, 'how are you? How are you feeling?"

Local Rethink Mental Health workers have been campaigning more publically recently, and were the first mental health charity to spend the day in Weymouth's ASDA foyer (on the 18th of December). They were collecting donations for their Recovery House in Weymouth, which opened this year, and also talking to anybody who wanted to have a chat.

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