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 events:

Building Up Stronger: Merseyside Mental Health Week

3rd November 10am – 11.30am

An online seminar exploring how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted on the mental health of local residents, featuring presentations from senior leaders across public health and mental health. This event will debate what needs to be done to tackle the challenge and explore the role of the charity, community and voluntary sector in supporting the response.

To register a place go to -

The role of community based social prescribing in mental health
6th November 10am – 11.30am
An online discussion with Merseycare’s Director of social inclusion and participation, Michael Crilly, and digital social prescribing expert, Jennifer Neff of Elemental Software, examining the role of social prescribing in communities in supporting good mental health. This event will also be an opportunity to find out more about how Imagine’s Building Up Stronger project, a Lottery funded pilot to trial a new approach to supporting residents whose mental health has been most affected by the lockdown that is based on community led social prescribing.

To register please go to:

Good mental health for all - 'Keeping the mental health of your workforce in good shape, wherever they are working'
5th November, 9.30am - 10.30am

Hosted by Merseyside Mental Health Week partner, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, this event with Imagine Independence's Mental Health First Aid team will take you through an understanding of mental health and how to spot the warning signs. With employees and colleagues working at distance, on a rota or even from home, the isolation, uncertainty and lack of human social interaction is impacting us all.

In this hour long workshop we will cram in as much as we can to help us to understand mental health and we will introduce tools for building a mentally healthy workforce.

Sign up here -

Everton in the Community - Online mental health awareness
6th November, 1pm - 3pm
Everton in the Community is hosting a free, two hour online mental health awareness course. Anyone interested in registering to attend can email to receive an invitation. The session will be delivered via the app Webex which is free to download.

Spread the word on social media

  • Download our graphics and templates below 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