This year's campaign comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably because of the COVID-19 pandemic – this may be the most important one yet!
What is World Mental Health Day?
A programme of the World Federation for Mental Health, has been observed every year on October 10th. This year we should make sure to check in on our friends and family – particularly with the unprecedented impact imposed by COVID-19 continues to impact everyone in different ways.
Mental Health around us
According to Mind.Org research, more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown (16,000 people surveyed).
The past months have brought many challenges, with mental health problems developing and/or worsening among the population considering the global pandemic.
People from health-care workers, providing care in difficult circumstances, going to work fearing COVID-19 risks to themselves and their families to the isolating experience for student’s little contact with teachers and friends - anxious about their futures. For the for the vast number of people caught in poverty or in fragile humanitarian settings with extremely limited protection from COVID-19; and for people with mental health conditions, and many experiencing even greater social isolation than before.
We must keep in our thoughts those managing the grief of losing a loved one, with many unable being able to say goodbye.
There are many consequences of the global pandemic which are being felt across the nation – economic consequences of the pandemic are already being felt, as companies let staff go in an effort to save their businesses, or indeed shut down completely. It is expected that the need for mental health and psychosocial support will substantially increase in the coming months and years in the fall out of the pandemic and what’s to come – with mental health services already having suffered from years of chronic underfunding, is now more important than it has ever been.
Head Together have devised a guide focusing on three specific aspects of mental wellbeing: talking, self-care, and kindness which you can find here : World Mental Health Week Guides.
Where can I find help?
Whatever you’re going through, you can visit the Samaritans website, or free phone - Just dial: 116 123.
Remember, the number is free to call, and you can get in touch with them to talk about any mental health problem you may face.