Mental Health Awareness Week

Next Monday, the 18th of May, marks the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week. One in four adults and one in ten children experience mental illness. We need to raise as much awareness as possible, so that we all know we are not alone! This years theme focuses on Kindness. Take some time out of each day to be kind to yourself.

Take Action, Get Active 2020

Mental Health Foundation are setting a challenge for the awareness week. They are asking for us to be active for 30 minutes a day, will you join in? Whatever your physical ability this challenge is for everyone. Go at your own pace. Activities can include, running, cycling, walking, gardening, yoga, chair based exercise or even baking to keep your arm muscles moving. Taking some time out to exercise is great for our mental health as well as physical health.

Every Mind Matters

Every mind matters is a great programme to help our mental health. The website has lots of useful resources which has also been updated to include information for Mental Health during Covid-19. With tips to help if you’re worried about Covid-19, all the way to working from home and staying home. The website also has a quiz to get your mind plan. All you have to do is answer 5 questions and you will be given a personalised mind plan from your results, to help you with stress, anxiety, sleep, your mood and helping to feel you are in control.

Ground-breaking new platform launched to support mental health

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice. See more about these at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

  • Anxiety Uk – 03444 775 774 – www.anxietyuk.org.uk
  • Bipolar Uk – www.bipolaruk.org.uk
  • CALM – A campaign against men living miserably, for men aged 15-35 – 0800 58 58 58 – www.thecalmzone.net
  • Men’s Health Forum – www.menshealthforum.org.uk
  • Mental Health Foundation – www.mentalhealth.org.uk
  • Mind – 0300 123 3393 – www.mind.org.uk
  • No Panic – voluntary charity supporting sufferers of panic attacks and OCD – 0844 967 4848 – www.nopanic.org.uk
  • OCD Action – 0845 390 6232 – www.ocdaction.org.uk
  • OCD Uk – 0333 212 7890 – www.ocduk.org
  • PAPYRUS – Young Suicide Prevention Society – 0800 068 4141- www.papyrus-uk.org
  • Rethink Mental Illness – 0300 5000 927 www.rethink.org
  • Samaritans – 116 123 – www.samaritans.org.uk
  • SANE – emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. 0300 304 7000 – www.sane.org.uk/support
  • YoungMinds – service for parents and professionals for information on child and adolescence mental health- 0808 802 5544 – www.youngminds.org.uk