Week three of NHS England London’s mental health month coincides with Dementia Awareness Week.
This week, we’ve spoken speak to Dr Con Kelly, Medical Director at the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL), about the memory clinics he has set up in London, and Fiona Reyes Johnson, Occupational Therapist who developed the concept of a ‘memory pub’.
These innovative services are not only for people with dementia, but also their friends, family and staff and help to build strong relationships, which in turn provides greater support for those who need it.
Involving relatives and friends in the process also helps to eliminate the social stigma that can be attached to people experiencing mental health problems. We’ve come a long way, but with the number of people living with dementia increasing, we know that there is still more to be done.
To find out about Dementia Awareness Week, follow @CavendishSG and use the hashtag #DAW16 on Twitter.