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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

ACO members were busy promoting the support services they offer beneficiaries during Mental Health Awareness Week in May. Here are some of the stories from people they helped.


ABS sponsor mental health survey

Since 2017 the RIBA and the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS) have successfully collaborated on raising awareness about mental health issues within architectural education and practice. ABS sponsor an important project looking into student mental health welfare.

Student stress - a student, surrounded by books, holding head in hands

Help for Heroes assists parliamentary Inquiry

After Help for Heroes raised concerns with MPs about the provision and understanding of Veterans Mental Health, the Defence Select Committee has been examining the extent of mental health issues across both serving armed forces personnel and veterans this year.

Combat stress and PTSD - soldier on the battlefield holding head in hands

Supporting Billy through tough times

Perennial, the Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society, helps over 1,400 people each year battling illness, financial hardship, bereavement, disability and many more of life’s challenges. Perennial share one man's story here and explain how they were able to help him get back on his feet.

Happy gardener - man holding spade in allotment

Racing Welfare supports MHA Week

Racing Welfare brought the horseracing industry together in support of Mental Health Awareness Week to break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues, promote the importance of good mental health and encourage open discussions on the subject across the racing and thoroughbred breeding industry.

Horseracing - Two jockeys exercise their horses on a training course

No more "Physician, heal thyself"

A psychologist who specialises in helping doctors, Caroline Elton wrote the book 'Also Human: The Inner Lives of Doctors' and talks to the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund about her aims in writing the book, the problems facing modern doctors, and what can be done to support those who are struggling.

Stress - Man in front of rain-soaked window

Helping others to help themselves

Nursing student Linda Sinclair had a dilemma – her study commitments threatened the pursuit of her chosen career in mental health. Juggling up to 40 hours of unpaid work placements each week meant the single mother from Luton had no time for herself, let alone a part time job.

Nursing mental health - Nurse meditating on the beach

Getting help is critical

Chris Parsons, an equity partner at international firm, Herbert Smith Freehills shares his own personal insights into poor mental health and the steps he took towards recovery with the SBA The Solicitors' Charity .

Chris Parsons - equity partner at international firm, Herbert Smith Freehills

From one vet to another

Darren Humphrey recounts his experience in supporting VetLife's members mental heath needs.

Veterinary pactice - Vets examine dog in surgery