Healthwatch Staffordshire features in regional mental health campaign ‘You Are Not Alone’

Healthwatch Staffordshire has joined over 30 leading regional figures to appear in a NHS mental health campaign for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, led by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust in collaboration with Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.  

The ‘You Are Not Alone’ campaign brings together representatives from across the NHS, sports, public sector, entertainment, culture, voluntary sector, charities and higher education, along with many regional MPs, to deliver a message of support to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Simmy Akhtar, Chief Officer, Healthwatch Staffordshire said: “Worry, stress, anxiety and low mood can visit any one of us and it is important that everyone in our communities knows that they are not alone.  Help and support is available, and we hope this campaign highlights that local services are working together to support resident’s mental health and people should feel confident that they can seek help when needed”. 

Peter Axon, Chief Executive Officer, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “These are anxious and worrying times for us all. We know as a mental health trust that demand on our services is increasing and will only increase further due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are proud that so many regional figures, including Healthwatch Staffordshire, have come together with the NHS to reassure our community with the message of ‘You Are Not Alone’. You may be worried, and this is normal. Help and support is here for you.”

The video signposts the community to the 24/7 mental health support telephone numbers available from North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Watch the full video here 

The full list of participating organisations in ‘You Are Not Alone:

Alan Barrett


Healthwatch Staffordshire

Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent

Keele University

Levison Wood and Wolfsong Media

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

North Staffs Mind

Offices of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire MPs

Office of The Worshipful the Mayor of Stafford Borough Councillor Gareth Jones, Stafford Borough Council

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs

Office of the Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime

Staffordshire County Council

Staffordshire Football Association

Staffordshire Police and Fire and Rescue Service

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Shadow Integrated Care System

Staffordshire University

Steve Howey and Show Racism the Red Card

Office of the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Stoke City F.C

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

University of Wolverhampton



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