Supporting World Mental Health Day 10th October 2020

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness either within your own organisation, through relatives or friends of mental health issues.

World Mental Health Day 2020 is the most important one yet. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on us all, and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.

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That’s why this year our team, want to help bring together people to mark this special day by each doing one thing for better mental health.  Whether it’s going for a lovely walk in a park or at the coast, learning a new skill or doing something creative, taking the first steps to getting support/help for yourself, or checking on someone else that you haven’t heard from in a while; take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day.

 

Each one of us needs to take care of our mental health and wellbeing whether we have a mental health issue or not.   You may have heard the term banded around ‘Mental Wellbeing’?  What does it mean? It describes how you we/you/are feeling and how well you can cope with daily life. It may change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.  Good mental health doesn’t mean being full of the joys of spring and laughing all of the time, poor mental health can make you feel that you are unable to cope with events that life throws at you.

So, what are exactly are mental health problems?  This video will help explain

Why not check out this fabulous video by Mind the mental health charity on 8 relaxation tips.

What can you do to raise awareness?

Within your own organisation or family you can create learning opportunities to raise the level of understanding about mental health issues, highlighting stigma’s, mental health and increasing wellbeing.

You may like to share social media postings and content using the #WorldMentalHealthDay2020 #itsOkNotTobeOk #DoOneThing . Why not have a cuppa with a colleague, friend or relative and have a good old chat and catch-up. Switch off your phone or smart device so that you are not interrupted, it’s amazing what a nice chat can do.  Why not help share the messages throughout your work place or organisation go to Time to Change resources

Thank you for reading our blog, we hope you have found it useful.  If you need any further support then check out the links below or the help line phone numbers.  Take care and stay safe!

Useful Numbers

Samaritans 116 123

Childline 0800 1111

MIND : 0300-123-3393

CALM: 0800-58-58-58

Useful Links

World Mental Health Day – A time for change

Supporting someone during COVID-19

Samaritans

Mind Coronavirus useful contacts

PTSD999 – support for emergency service colleagues

Combat Stress – mental health support for military veterans

 

Acknowledgements

Mind – mental health charity