Around 1 in 4 of us will suffer with mental health issues this year alone, so it is vital that as much awareness of the issue is raised as possible.
Kindness is the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which begins on Monday 18th May.
As it approaches, the County Council is reaching out to remind residents of all the support available here in Worcestershire.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the number of self-referrals to mental health services has declined, but that doesn’t necessarily mean those who need help and support are receiving it.
4 out of 5 adults say they are worried about the effect that coronavirus is having on their life.
More than half are saying it has affected their wellbeing. Nearly half are reporting high levels of anxiety.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire, said: “It’s okay to not feel okay. The importance of looking after your mental health as well as your physical health can’t be underestimated.
9 out of 10 people who experience mental health problems say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. We need to come together and face the stigma head on, kill it with kindness. There’s so much help and support available to those who need it, no one should suffer in silence.”
Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: The community spirit and the kindness to others shown throughout the Coronavirus pandemic has really been a shining light of it all, and an example of what can be achieved by taking the brave first step of kickstarting that conversation about your mental health.
Here in Worcestershire, we’re committed to working with our partners, doing all we can to make our county one of the most supportive mental health counties across the country.”
Dr Anthony Kelly, Vice Chair of Health and Well-Being Board said: “During this difficult period we acknowledge that many individuals will be suffering anxiety and often depression due to stresses directly related to lockdown but also the future uncertainties.
They need to know that help is easily available at nowweretalking.nhs.uk or by calling Worcestershire Healthy Minds on 0300 302 13 13.”
For tips on improving your mental wellbeing, please go to the mental wellbeing pages on the Council website.
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health and wellbeing at the moment, you can find out more about the range of local services available at Now We're Talking NHS website.