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Addiction and mental health support shop to be launched in Sidcup highstreet

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 August 2018

A new initiative to tackle addiction and mental illness is being launched in Sidcup highstreet. Picture: WSUP Woolwich

A new initiative to tackle addiction and mental illness is being launched in Sidcup highstreet. Picture: WSUP Woolwich

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A new initiative to tackle addiction and mental illness is being launched by the mayor of Bexley in Sidcup highstreet.

Addictio expert and best-selling author Chris Hill will open the country’s first ever health shop that focuses on such issues. Picture: Jai GarciaAddictio expert and best-selling author Chris Hill will open the country’s first ever health shop that focuses on such issues. Picture: Jai Garcia

In a big to de-stigmatise addiction and metal health issues to make it more socially acceptable for people to admit they need help and then be able to access support easier, addiction expert and best-selling author Chris Hill will open the country’s first ever health shop that focuses on such issues.

Chris said: “We all have an addiction to something, be it smoking, drinking, consuming sugary foods, mobile phones, bad relationships, spending and more.

“Even our children are now suffering from addiction - to gaming, social media, designer labels - yet there’s no national campaign to help people understand addiction and to bring it out into the open and destigmatise it. I want to change that.”

He added that too many people suffer from severe anxiety and stress, which can lead to depression and have an impact on their families, relationships and employment.

“Add to this the high cost of addiction, and here begins the route to relationship breakdowns, missed payments and the risk of homelessness,” Chris said.

“No one should feel embarrassment or shame about asking for help.

“And then it should be as easy as booking an appointment with the dentist.

“That’s what I’m trying to achieve here.”

The new shop is located on Station Road in Sidcup, and will be officially launched at 12pm on Thursday September 13 by mayor of Bexley Cllr Brian Bishop.

Senior members of Bexley Council and the Metropolitan police are also on the invite list.

Chris has helped thousands of people to beat addiction through free weekly workshops and a free beat addiction programme available from www.beatmyaddictions.com.

His best-selling book Get Your Life Back: The Road to Freedom from Addiction and his online courses, seminars, retreats and one-to-one support all aim to help anyone suffering.

With the launch of the new shop, Chris has brought a whole new dimension to addiction and mental health support – it is now on the high street, like any other service.

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