World Mental Health Day 2020

World Mental Health Day 2020 logo, made by the Mental Health Foundation mentalhealth.org.ukSaturday 10 October 2020 is World Mental Health Day.

Organised by the World Health Organisation, World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma surrounding mental health.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s daily lives, and many of us have felt the impact of this on our mental health.

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

As a mental health services provider in Essex and Bedfordshire, EPUT is committed to supporting people who live with a mental health condition. Our goal is to provide safe, effective, and accessible care to those who need it, whether this is in the community or on one of our inpatient wards.

Here’s an update on some of the work taking place in EPUT and beyond to support, advocate, and spread awareness of mental health issues.

World Mental Health Day at EPUT

  • Staff have organised a variety of activities across our inpatient wards to celebrate World Mental Health Day, including distributing sweet treats on our mental health wards, arranging a song and dance afternoon in our dementia care homes, and more.
  • Keep an eye on EPUT social media channels for a tips on looking after your mental health and a series of blog posts and videos from people who have been affected by mental health issues and suicide.
  • On the eve of World Mental Health Day, staff will be reflecting on the importance of World Mental Health Day and looking back at our suicide prevention activities and events over the past month. We will also hear from guest speakers who have first-hand experience of mental health problems.
  • We will be encouraging staff at EPUT to take care of their emotional wellbeing.

Supporting your mental health: resources and information

  • Our mental health crisis line  provides support and advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you, a family member, or a friend are in crisis and need help, please dial 111 and select option 2 for mental health crisis.
  • Therapy For You, the IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) service for South Essex, offers online video therapy courses, with sessions that deal with a wide range of feelings and symptoms. The service can also help you access Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Counsellors and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists both remotely and in person.
  • Every Mind Matters offers a range of resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns. There are practical self-care tips, and it has a free NHS-approved online tool the Every Mind Matters Your Mind Plan.
  • COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives, and, for many people, the pandemic and lockdown have taken their toll on their mental health. If you have had COVID-19 and are now recovering at home, EPUT has published this guide to help you look after your mental health. The Wellbeing and Coping website, co-funded by the NHS, is dedicated to safe, socially-distanced ways of protecting your mental health and coping with lockdown.
  • Our mental health resources page holds information on various conditions, helping you to understand what these mental illnesses are, their symptoms, and how they can be treated.
  • Mind, the mental health charity, is also an excellent resource for information on a variety of mental health topics: including information for people who have recently received a mental health diagnosis, advice on how to live day-to-day with a mental health condition, and resources tailored for children and young people.
  • The Our NHS People website provides support for NHS staff to manage their own health and wellbeing while looking after others.