World Mental Health Day 10th October 2020

World Mental Health Day is organised every year by the World Federation for Mental Health. The them this year is ‘Mental Health for All’ and they are encouraging everyone to support their campaign for investment in mental health services across the world to make them more accessible and inclusive.

Mental health is a human right, not a luxury and more people than ever are experiencing mental health problems. One in four of us will experience a difficulty in any given year, ranging from common problems such as Depression and Anxiety, to complex conditions like Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.

This year has been particularly challenging; all our lives have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and millions of people have felt the impact of this on their mental health. A recent survey by the Red Cross highlighted that 49% of people in the UK have felt more depressed or anxious since lockdown with 38% people saying this has affected their sleep in one way or another. 15-24% of people are finding public health restrictions extremely difficult to cope with.

Join in the conversation online using #WorldMentalHealthDay.

Visit the World Federation for Mental Health website.

Get involved at Mind. (Also a great place for tips and advice)

ClearYourHead.Scot: Things you can do to clear your head.

Get involved: Mind #DoOneThing

Get involved: Mental Health Foundation #Tea&Talk

Our top tips for protecting your mental health

Connect with others: keep in touch with friends and family; talk about how you’re feeling

Keep Active: spend time outdoors; find an activity you enjoy and make it part of your daily life.

Learn new skills: sign up for an online course; start a hobby; find out how to fix that thing which has annoyed you for ages.

Create routines: have a structure to your day; get a good night’s sleep; limit your time online.

Give to others: pass on a smile or kind word; reach out to someone who is lonely or isolated; offer to help or volunteer.

Look after yourself: make time for you; try some relaxation or meditation; remember its ok not to be ok.

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