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Thrive LDN launched to improve mental health and wellbeing

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 Mind

Thrive LDN will raise awareness of mental health problems, challenge stigma and help improve care

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has today launched Thrive LDN, a new movement to improve mental health and wellbeing across the capital. Two million Londoners experience some kind of mental health problem every year.

The Mayor has joined forces with over 200 experts, residents, voluntary, public and private organisations, clinicians and academics to spearhead a city-wide campaign that will support Londoners to lead healthier, happier lives.

Through Thrive LDN, six aspirations have been agreed for the capital, which include:

  • 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.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“People from all walks of life are affected by poor mental health, and nearly one in two will suffer a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime. I want London to become a more open and tolerant place where people can speak openly about their mental health and get the support they need. Thrive LDN aims to improve Londoners’ awareness and understanding of mental health and achieve real improvements in support and care for those who need it.”

The launch of Thrive LDN begins an open conversation with Londoners to encourage everyone to think more, talk more and act more when it comes to mental well-being. Events and a range of other activities are planned over the summer to kick-start the city-wide movement, including new ways of talking about mental health through creating Problem Solving Booths, a social media and poster campaign and the launch of the Thrive LDN website.

Jo Loughran, director of operations at Time to Change, said:

“No Londoner should be made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless because of their mental health problem. That’s why we’re pleased to see a commitment to end mental health stigma and discrimination in Thrive London’s plans. We look forward to working with the partners that make up Thrive London to tackle this issue through a specific campaign for the capital.”

Find out more about Thrive LDN

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