This World Mental Health Day, we’re asking you to take the opportunity to do one thing for better mental health.
Saturday 10th of October marks World Mental Health Day 2020, and in the midst of the global pandemic, it feels more important than ever to take the time to consider our mental wellbeing. The pandemic has greatly impacted all our lives and we have had to cope with unprecedented restrictions on our social, home and working lives and have had to work together to keep ourselves, our families and those we provide services to, safe.
Research by Mind shows that 60% of adults and 68% of young people have reported their mental health has gotten worse during lockdown. We cannot underestimate the impact of the pandemic on our mental health and wellbeing and so by doing just one thing this WMHD, we can help to support ourselves and those around us.
Some suggestions are:
Practice self care – perhaps a long walk or a session of meditation, take some time to yourself
Open up – Try talk to friends, family or colleagues about how you’re feeling
Write it down – If you don’t want to talk, write down your feelings. Perhaps write down all your negative emotions and throw these away
Try something new – If there has been something you’ve been wanting to start or a new hobby you’ve always fancied, why not give it a go
Change your perspective – Try remember all the positives in your life and the things you can be grateful for
Take 10 minutes to ‘check in’ with a loved one – You may also want to ‘check in’ with someone you are worried about or you think may be struggling.
If you’re struggling please don’t be afraid to ask for help, there are a multitude of support services available to help you:
NHS staff can call the free NHS Mental Health Helpline on 0800 069 6222 (7:00am-11:pm, 7 days a week) or text FRONTLINE to 85258 for 24/7 support
If you are in crisis and need urgent support, contact the Samaritans free on 116 123
If you have experienced loss through work, you can contact the confidential bereavement support line operated by Hospice UK on 0300 303 4434 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week)
Papyrus offer confidential support to people under 35 considering suicide. Call their Hopelink on 0800 068 4141 (9am-12am every day) or text 07860 039967
Frontline NHS staff, those working in residential settings caring for patients with Covid-19 and those who have been bereaved during the pandemic, can refer themselves to the ACC for crisis counselling sessions. More information is available here.