World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is globally recognised every year on 10 October with the aim of raising awareness of mental health difficulties and the theme for this year is 'mental health for all'.
This year has been tough on everyone and looking after our mental health is more important than ever before.
Our online resources
Our Talking Therapies teams have been sharing strategies towards coping during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, through podcasts and webinars.
To access these resources, go to:
Thrive LDN's World Mental Health Day Festival 2020
Join Thrive LDN's virtual World Mental Health Day Festival 2020. All of the activities are free, open to everyone and available on the Thrive LDN website.
They’ve been working with City Hall’s Peer Outreach Team to put together an exciting line-up of performances, panel discussions and workshops all about supporting you to build resilience and promote positive wellbeing.
The various performances, panel discussions and workshops will offer you a platform to discuss with other young people the challenges faced during COVID-19 and explore shared experiences of inequality and issues raised through the Black Lives Matter movement.
Register for these events here.
Mental Health Direct
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, there is a dedicated phone line which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide confidential mental health support and advice. If you live Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Essex, Kent & Medway, call:
Mental Health Direct - 0300 555 1000
Where to get support
- If you are worried your mental health is deteriorating you should see your GP as soon as you can.
- If you need to speak to someone straight away, you can call The Samaritans 24 hours a day, on 116 123.
- If your life is in danger, call 999.
More resources and support
- Mental health helplines – www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines
- It Takes Balls to Talk is a campaign which uses sporting themes to encourage men to open up about how they are feeling – www.ittakesballstotalk.com
- Good thinking, provides online mental wellbeing support – www.good-thinking.uk
- Mental Health First aid training could be introduced in your workplace – www.mhfaengland.org
- Papyrus is a national charity dedicated to preventing suicide in young people – www.papyrus-uk.org
- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services (IAPT) to help to overcome their depression and anxiety, and better manage their mental health – https://www.talkingtherapies.nelft.nhs.uk/