It’s Mental Health Awareness Week!
During these times it is important to look after ours and others mental health and well being.
Mental Health Awareness Week (18 to 24 May 2020) is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. It’s the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and inspire actions to promote the message of good mental health for everyone. The theme this year is kindness.
“We have chosen kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity.
It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive”
But we also want to shine a light on the ways that kindness is already flowering at this time. We have seen it in the dancing eyes of 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore as he walked his garden to raise money for the NHS and in the mutual aid groups responding to local needs. We want that kindness to spread further in every community in the UK.
Finally, we want to use the week to explore the sort of society we would like to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive
Mental Health Foundation
For more information on Mental Health Awareness week visit https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
Feel like you are in crisis or feeling suicidal?
Call 999 or go to your local A&E department and ask for help.
If you are not sure how you are feeling then NHS UK has a Mood self-assessment that can help you understand your feelings.
Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice.
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Mens Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Young suicide protection
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Call Rethink on 0300 5000 927 (calls are charged at your local rate).
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support.
Shout (For support in a crisis, Text Shout to 85258)
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Eating disorders support
The UK’s largest provider of relationship support.