It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week (16th-22nd May 2016), a cause very close to our hearts at Otten Penna. We were over the moon to see Kate, William and Harry raising awareness of the new ‘Heads Together’ campaign on the news this week, and this year, more than before, we can really feel a groundswell of support and people talking more and more openly about mental health.
Our very own Fay Acklam is also doing her bit to support Mental Health Awareness Week, with a run AND a swim challenge as part of her plan to raise money! She will be raising money for the Manchester branch of Mind, a local mental health charity which delivers services to young people and adults. Fay will be warming up alongside 40,000 other entrants this Sunday at the Great Manchester Run and then on 10th June she swaps her trainers for her wetsuit to take on an open swim on Lake Windermere! Wow, go Fay!
The #MHAW16 theme this year is ‘relationships’ and emphasizes the importance of strong relationships with friends and family as the cornerstone of improved mental health and well-being.
Mental Health Awareness Week may finish on Sunday 22nd May, but our specialist North West Mental Heath Team at Otten Penna are always available to provide specialist legal services to clients who are experiencing any issues associated with mental health. Contact our office for assistance.
In the meantime, GOOD LUCK to Fay on her upcoming efforts and if you would like to help Fay raise money for Manchester Mind, here is a link to her Just Giving page. Many thanks for your support.
Caz Shaw, Practice Manager
Fay Acklam, (Solicitor, LLB (Hons), Mental Health) graduated from Hull University before taking the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York. Fay is currently undertaking a LLM in Mental Health Law at Northumbria University. A Mental Health Panel Member since 2010 and qualified as a solicitor in 2012, Fay represents clients at Mental Health Tribunals, Hospital Managers Hearings and CPA’s in both acute and forensic hospitals. Fay is passionate about the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act and the restrictions that are placed on people in the community.