November is an important time of the year, deemed Men’s Health Awareness Month, to take a moment to discuss and raise awareness regarding men’s health. Over the past few years this month’s aims have become increasing more important and vital to the wellbeing of the constituency.

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.

A carer is someone who provides care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme for 2018 is ‘stress’. A recent survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Mental Health Foundation, found that almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has thrown his support behind a number of mental health awareness campaigns over the last few years including; Time to Talk, Movember and many more.

Today is World Mental Health Day 2017, and this year one of the main focusses will be mental health in the workplace. As with previous years the day seeks to raise awareness of what is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide; poor mental health.

Monday 27th of March to Sunday 2nd of April is the official Autism Awareness Week for the UK, with Sunday 2nd April officially marked as World Autism Awareness Day. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people.

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham took part in the parliamentary debate on Autism Awareness. You can find Jon's comments below. The full debate transcript can be found by clicking HERE

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This Wednesday Rainham & Wennington resident Fay Hough will be marching in protest to Andrew Rosindell’s office, the Member of Parliament for Romford. Fay is hoping to be joined by over 50 local parents from across Havering all in support of the campaign that she launched back in 2014; ‘Awareness for Autism’.

This year the focus of World Mental Health Day will be ‘Dignity’ as set out by the World Federation of Mental Health. Helping to raise awareness this October 10th of what we can do to ensure that people with mental health issues can live with dignity.

The object of this day is to raise public awareness and show national support for the contribution made to our country by those who serve in the Armed Forces. It is not only a tribute to current serving members but also a time to remember and pay tribute to the service men and women of the past and service families.

The National Event is taking place in Guildford this weekend, and there are numerous other events taking place up and down the country.

Jon Cruddas has thrown his support behind a campaign by local mother Fay Hough to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.

Fay, whose family has been affect by the disorder, has launched a campaign aiming to spread awareness of autism among the general public. Although 1 in 100 people in the UK today live with the disorder, there is still a way to go in terms of increasing the public’s understanding of the issue and in challenging many of the misconceptions surrounding it.

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