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18.05.2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. Mental health is everyone’s business. 

So, for one week each May, the Mental Health Foundation campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Since the first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001,  awareness has been raised on a variety of topics like body image, stress and relationships.  

The campaign reaches millions of people every year.

Why kindness?

One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times.  

We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. 

The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. 

Beyond ourselves, a Mental Health Foundation report reveals how inequality is rising in our society and its harmful effects on our health.  

Life expectancy is falling for the poorest for the first time in 100 years. As child poverty rises, children and young people in the poorest parts of our country are two to three times more likely to experience poor mental health than those in the richest.  

After the 2008 credit crunch it was the most vulnerable in our communities who experienced the severest consequences of austerity, with devastating effects on their mental and physical health. This is not the hallmark of a kind society.  

More information from the Mental Health Foundation can be found on their webpage at; https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Kindness could transform our schools, places of work, communities and families. Let’s shape a society that tips the balance in favour of good mental health, for all of us, but especially for those who are most vulnerable.   
 
Halton has a strong community with many kind people, charities, voluntary, faith and non profit organisations supporting people everyday. During the Covid- 19 outbreak we have seen many acts of kindness from individuals and community groups.
 

What to do if you need urgent help for your mental health:

People living in Halton who are experiencing a mental health crisis can now access support , 24/7, at the mental health crisis line: 01925 275 309.

Local support 

Hub of Hope 

A list of NHS services, organisations and charities who can offer you support with your mental health . Enter your post code at https://hubofhope.co.uk/ for local contacts. 

 

Halton Mental Health Information Point 

Halton’s Mental Health Information Point is a first port of call if you know you need help or advice but are not sure who to contact. Whether it’s for yourself or someone you know, the website provides information and contacts for a broad range of services for people of all ages.

Mental Health Info Point

 

Mind Halton

http://www.mindhalton.org.uk/

Listening ear service, if you need to talk 01928 563612 Mon-Thur 10am- 1pm.

 

Night Stop

http://ncnw.co.uk/

Call – 0151 345 6454

Adult and children’s counsellors available to provide telephone and email support, should anyone feel they are in crisis, need to speak to someone, seek advice or air any concerns they may be having.

 

Parents in Mind support local mums who are pregnant or have a child under 2, who feel they are struggling with their mental health/emotional wellbeing. Contact Catherine.Briars@nct.org.uk 07702 900894. 

 

National Helplines 

Shout UK

Text Shout to 85258 for mental health crisis support via text.

Anxiety UK

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

YoungMinds

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Find more helplines at; https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/