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#SeekHelpEarly with SWiSH!

This week, 14-20 May, is Mental Health Awareness week! This years’ theme focusses on stress. To raise awareness we are re- running the #SeekHelpEarly campaign, which encourages people to access support services before issues become overwhelming. The Support and Wellbeing Information Service Harrow (SWiSH) is one way you can get free and confidential help for yourself or someone you care about. You can find out more about the events that are taking place this week at the bottom of the page, or read on for more information about SWiSH.

How SWiSH can help

You may find it difficult to ask for help when you need it, but getting the right help at the right time can make a huge difference – for example, if you are at risk of becoming homeless or your welfare benefits are being re-assessed. SWiSH can assist directly or connect you with the service with the right expertise to assist.

SWiSH is provided by 5 local charities working together – Age UK Harrow, Harrow Association of Disabled People (HAD), Harrow Carers, Harrow Mencap and Mind in Harrow – each offering specialist information and advice. The service is managed under the umbrella of Harrow Community Action (HCA).

How to contact SWiSH

For general enquiries, please contact Mind in Harrow:

Phone: 020 8426 0929

Email: info@mindinharrow.org.uk

Opening hours: 9.30am-5pm Monday to Friday

You can also contact any of the charities listed above directly for assistance. For their contact details or more information about SWiSH, see the HCA website. Staff in local organisations can refer a client to SWiSH using this referral form.

Our online information

Mind in Harrow's online mental health and wellbeing directory is available 24/7 which lists a wide range of local and national services. It also has over twenty factsheets which you can download such as Help in a Mental Health Crisis or Housing and Homelessness.

Care Act Services and Your Rights

SWiSH is funded by Harrow Council to fulfil the right of Harrow residents to free information about local care and support services. This is a requirement of the Care Act 2014. As part of this requirement, the Council also funds a local advocacy service for people with additional care needs (provided by Harrow Mencap), as well as specialist services for carers (provided by Harrow Carers).

To find out more about these services and your rights under the Care Act 2014, please download our Care Act 2014 Factsheet.

What's happening this week

This week, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as those of the SWiSH charity partners, for updates on what we are doing throughout the week and how to #SeekHelpEarly and why it's so important. Our Head 4 Work project will be running a free stress workshop available to all, who want to find out more about how best to manage stress. This will be running on Wednesday 16th May 11am-3pm at The Jaspar Centre. To to book your ticket, please visit: https://how-to-cope-with-stress.eventbrite.co.uk. Download the flyer here.

We all experiencing stress to varying degrees and we all need support and guidance from others through times of stress. Seeking Help Early to manage our stress is an important to our overall wellbeing and key in maintaining good mental health. Mental health can also be affected by a range of issues, including relationships, financial problems and work – SWiSH can offer support so you feel that you are more able to manage the stress that life throws at you.