Merseyside Mental Health Week 2nd - 6th November


Merseyside Mental Health Week
2nd - 6th November

Imagine Independence is launching the first ever Merseyside Mental Health Week to shine a light on one of the region’s biggest challenges – how to promote positive mental wellbeing.

Merseyside Mental Health Week brings together key partners across the public, private and charity sectors to provide a united voice on mental health in the city, raise awareness of the scale of the challenge and promote the support available to anyone struggling with their mental health.



Why it matters

Merseyside Mental Health Week is more important than ever as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold:


  • Before COVID-19 in Liverpool, in excess of 66,000 people had a common mental health condition - 13.3% of the city’s population.
  • 60,840 of the 66,000 also had a diagnosis of depression - the second highest rate in England.
  • It is predicted that an additional 5,280 people in Liverpool will need some support for their mental health before the end of the year
  • The pandemic has created even bigger inequalities in mental health – those with pre-existing mental illness have experienced more frequent problems during lockdown related to their mental health and the highest overall deterioration.
  • Poverty, unemployment, low paid and casual work and living alone, or being a lone parent, have been identified as the highest risk factors for developing a new mental illness during COVID-19.


Building up Stronger

Imagine will also be officially launching Building Up Stronger during Merseyside Mental Health Week, a new initiative to trial a new approach to supporting residents whose mental health has been most affected by the pandemic and lockdown restrictions. Click here to find out more



Get involved!

There will be a wide range of activity taking place during Merseyside Mental Health Week and we want as many people and businesses across the city region to get involved as possible!


You can do this by:
  • Signing up to attend our virtual event – Building up Stronger: Merseyside Mental Health Week – where we’ll be hearing from a range of speakers including Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive of Merseycare, and Imagine’s Chief Executive Margaret Hanson, about the scale of the challenge in the region and how we can work together to support local residents.
    Find out more and sign up here

Keep an eye on our social media for other activity being led by our partners coming soon.
  • Spreading the word on social media – we will be creating a media pack where you can download graphics and templates to raise awareness, showcase your work and show your support for tackling the challenge of mental health across our city region.
  • Share your stories about how you’re promoting good mental wellbeing, or encourage your teams to record a short video on their smart phones explaining why tackling mental health is so important and share on your social media channels using the #MMHW2020 hashtag

Partners & Associates