The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us all that we need to take care of our mental wellbeing, as well as our physical health. It’s also highlighted the importance of supporting the mental wellbeing of our families, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
This year, the theme for World Mental Health Day is ‘mental health for all’, which reflects and emphasises the importance of mental health in everyone’s lives.
In the lead up to 10 October, Warrington Borough Council is encouraging us all to:
- Make time to look after our own mental wellbeing and to support others to look after theirs
- Support family, friends and colleagues who may have mental health problems
- Ask for support ourselves if coronavirus, or other issues, are affecting our mental wellbeing
There are many online resources, which can help you to improve your mental wellbeing and make you more resilient to day-to-day pressures and struggles. You might want to use these resources yourself, or to pass them on to family and friends, colleagues or neighbours.
On Warrington’s mental health awareness website happyoksad.org.uk you’ll find tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing, as well as directories of local and national mental health support services. The site includes information on how coronavirus might impact on your mental wellbeing, with links to self-help strategies to enable you to manage. There are also tips and suggestions for taking care of your mental wellbeing if you have been working throughout the pandemic.
Because mental wellbeing is an essential part of our overall health, the Kind to Your Mind website is available to help us look after our mental wellbeing, as well as our physical health, helping us to live with the impact of coronavirus. There are links to free, online, wellbeing resources to support both physical and mental wellbeing, such as online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) courses and recommended apps.
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: “Our mental health doesn’t just impact how we feel. It can affect all different aspects of our lives, including our relationships, physical health and performance at work.
“If you find that you’re experiencing poor mental health, or you’re concerned about a loved one, there are lots of free services and resources that are available to everyone. It’s important to reach out if you need help and take the time to invest in your mental wellbeing, in whatever way works for you.”
If you need urgent support and live in Warrington, Halton, St Helens or Knowsley, you can call freephone 0800 051 1508.
This crisis line is:
- available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- for people experiencing a mental health crisis
- for people concerned that a friend or family member is in a mental health crisis
- for people of all ages, including children and young people.
For more information about World Mental Health Day, visit wmhd2020.com