World Mental Health Day

Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any age and any day of the year. The 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and is otherwise known as World Mental Health Day. 

Each year, people around the world join in to raise awareness of mental health and this year's theme is young people. It's important that from a young age, children understand mental health so when they do feel like they are struggling, they can get support early.

Most common mental health issues start from an early age, and the sooner you speak out and get support - the quicker you can manage and cope better.

How do you feel on a daily basis, do you feel low? Feel overwhelmed? Feel like you are struggling to cope? It's more than likely you could be suffering from a mental health issue such as depression and anxiety. Everyone copes different, and there are many signs and symptoms for a lot of conditions such as OCD, Anorexia or even Bipolar.

For people who do have a mental health problem, we've asked why do you think it's important to talk to young people and what advice would you give yourself?

Where do I go for immediate help?

If you are feeling suicidal and/or feel like you are struggling - there is help out there. For advice and information aimed at helping you understand how you are feeling, possible causes and learning how to cope, visit the Mind website.

If you need urgent help, visit our page on what to do next. 

Who can I talk to, now?

If you would like to talk to someone about how you are feeling and get things off your chest, Samaritans offer a free helpline on 116 123. They are trained to listen and are open 24/7. 

Useful Numbers
Anxiety UK - 03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)
National Mind - 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)
No Panic - 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)
OCD UK - 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
SANE - 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30-10.30pm)
YoungMinds - 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

What support is right for me?

If you feel like you'd like some form of support but not sure where to start, visit our services page which will help you find what support is available in your area and what to do next. If you're still unsure and would like to speak to someone about your options, contact us on 01642 257020 Monday-Friday 12pm-4pm. 

If you would like to find out more about mental health, discrimination support or housing and benefits, Mind have an extensive A-Z information guide with downloadable PDFs. 

Do you know someone who may have a mental health issue?

Being open to mental health doesn’t have to be awkward and being there for someone can make a huge difference to their life. If you're not sure where to start if its a family member, friend or colleague visit our services page to see which support might be right for them and can help begin that conversation.

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