World Mental Health Day 2020
9 October 2020
Saturday 10th October 2020 is World Mental Health Day, and this year it’s even more important than ever. According to research by Mind, more than half of adults in the UK have found their mental health got worse during lockdown. Many of us with existing mental health problems faced fresh challenges, and some began to experience mental health problems for the very first time.
But during this time, italk and many other mental health services have found less, not more, people than usual are asking for our help. So this World Mental Health Day we want you to know that we're here for you.
At italk we’ve adapted all of our treatments to be delivered safely within the current restrictions, and we’re welcoming new patients. You can self-refer online, or by calling 023 8038 3920.
And not only are we here for you, but many local and national services, support groups and helplines are here to help too. So we’ll also be spending this World Mental Health Day sharing their resources on our Facebook page, and our Twitter page and we hope that wherever you choose to turn, you’ll find the right support for you. We're all here for you.
The list of resources we're sharing on social media for World Mental Health Day is below:
- Mind's Video, What are mental health problems?
- Booklets from the Mental Health Foundation including Looking after your mental health in later life, How to manage and reduce stress booklet, How to overcome fear and anxiety, and How to sleep better.
- Solent Mind's Coronavirus Helpline, offering support and ideas to help you cope with challenges arising from the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Young Minds Matter booklet by Young Minds, a guide to helping the mental wellbeing of a child or young person.
- Resources from Papyrus, the national charity for prevention of young suicide, including a list of self-help apps.
- Tips on how to support someone you're worried about, from Samaritans.
- Finding the Words, a booklet to help you bring up mental health with your GP, available in English, Polish, Urdu and Punjabi.
- Switchboard, an LGBT+ listening helpline.
- The Best Medicine - Why Relationships Matter for Our Health, a video by Relate, an organisation offering relationship support.
- Hope Again, a service supporting young people to cope with loss, by Cruse, the bereavement charity.
- OCD UK's free online OCD support groups, and a joint event with Anxiety UK on Health Anxiety & OCD during a pandemic.
- Mindline Trans+, a national confidential emotional and mental health support helpline for people who identify as Transgender, Agender, Genderfluid, Nonbinary, run by Bristol Mind.
- The CALM helpline, run by the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a movement against male suicide.
- Side by Side, Mind's online peer support community.
- Nightline, a listening and information service for students (This link is for London Nightline, who serve University of Winchester students)
- Books on Prescription, a curated range of self-help books and books by people sharing their own experiences of mental health problems, available fromyour local library.
- The GuidePosts guide to making connections from home, with particular tips for people with dementia, learning disabilities or autism.
- Time to Change's collection of personal stories because everyone's experience of mental heatlh problems is different.
- I Had a Black Dog video by the World Health Organisation. We share this video at our Managing Moods course, and people always tell us it's helpful personally and to help their loved ones to understand depression.
Note: This list is for information only and is not a recommendation or endorsement of any organisation, resource or service. We are not responsible for the content of third party websites. Information is correct at time of publishing (9th October 2020). The list is by no means exhaustive and is not in any particular order.