Each year on 10 October, World Mental Health Day gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health, what we need to do look after it, and how important it is to get help if you are struggling.
1 in 6 of us experience a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England. That could be you, your parent, sibling, best friend, neighbour or co-worker.
It’s important that we talk about mental health, so we have a better understanding of the issues being faced and overcome by others and know how we need to look after ourselves and each other.
We also need to remember that support is there if we need it, and to reach out and if we need it or know someone else that needs it.
Councillor Bruno De Oliveira, chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board, said:
“Mental Health Day is vital to raise awareness and promote good mental health and wellbeing with our communities.
“Sharing and discussing our own mental health can make us feel good and find the support we need. But this isn’t easy for everyone to do.
“We all can play a role in creating supportive, inclusive communities that prioritise wellbeing.
“If we engage in open conversations about mental health, we can reduce stigma and foster environments that empower people to seek help when they need it.”
Get help if you’re struggling, or want to help someone else
While it's normal to feel anxious, low or lonely at times, worsening mental health could indicate the need for outside help.
Find advice or resources online
NHS Every Mind Matters website offers simple practical resources for managing mental wellbeing. It includes tips for self-care, advice videos, as well as an opportunity to create a personalised mental health action plan.
The Mental Health Foundation offers information and support for dealing with mental health and wellbeing concerns, as well as tips on talking about mental health with someone.
Talk to someone or get support
Find the right mental health or wellbeing support for you locally through UOK. Go to the UOK website or freephone 0808 196 1768 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
In an emergency, call the Sussex Mental Healthline on NHS 111 and select option 2 or dial 0800 0309 500.
They provide 24/7 support from registered clinicians, and they can refer you for local assessment and treatment if you need it.
If you need to talk to someone you can call the Samaritans on 116 123, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.
Find other mental health support.