World Mental Health Day 10 October
The theme for World Mental Health Day this year is ‘Mental Health for All’.
This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The past year has brought many challenges for us all which can make us feel anxious and uncertain about the future. This stress of this uncertainty can have an impact on our mental health.
The good news is that good mental health and positive wellbeing can help us all to cope better.
World Mental Health Day is a chance to make a positive change and takes steps to improve our mental health and recognise the support available to help us manage during these uncertain times.
Taking steps to look after our wellbeing can help us deal with pressure, develop resilience and reduce the impact that stress has on our life. Building greater self-awareness and developing coping mechanisms can help us all get through the pandemic and help us deal with future challenges.
It is also really important that we all continue to help support each other, safely, wherever we can. It could be through a socially distanced conversation with a neighbour or a video or telephone call with a friend or family member who lives further away.
Keeping in touch and staying connected with those close to us can make a big difference to someone struggling with their mental health and give them the opportunity to talk about how they are feeling.
Adopting the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ stay connected, be active, keep learning, give and take notice can help improve mental health and wellbeing.
Mind, a national mental health charity, recommend committing to doing one thing a day to help you make a positive change and support your wellbeing. Whether it’s going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative, taking the first steps to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else; take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day.
Every Mind Matters, a national Public Health England campaign, includes advice and guidance for both adults and children. A free Mind Plan is available on their website, complete the quiz to help you feel more in control of your mood.
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Further support and services are also available on the Live Well Cheshire West website.
For children and young people there is advice available on the Better Health – Every Mind Matters website . It is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and show the actions they can take to support them. If you are concerned that your mental or emotional health is getting worse it is important to get help quickly. You can call the local NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral (CWP) local mental health hotline on: 0800 145 6485 for support and advice. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people.