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World Mental Health Day 2020 – Mental illness during COVID-19

World Mental Health Day 2020 (10th October)

Today (10th October 2020) is World Mental Health Day and quite possibly the most important one to date.

2020 has been the most difficult period since World War 2 according to many. Even speaking to people who lived through the second World War, suggesting that this period has been worse in some ways.

Mental health has played a massive part for many of us because of:

  • Financial worries
  • Health risks
  • Parental stress
  • Employment insecurities

According to a recent survey of 16,000 people in the UK, more than half (60%) of adults and nearly two thirds (68%) of young people said that their mental health was worse during lockdown.

There have been several major studies and records to show that mental illness has been a major problem through the pandemic. People left feeling insecure, vulnerable and isolated during lockdown has caused potential long lasting damage.

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/world-mental-health-day-2020

Considering your mental health and those close to you has never been more important

Mental health and mental illness is at the forefront of news and social media today to help raise awareness and support those who are suffering. In these uncertain times, it can seem incredibly difficult to make positive changes.

National mental health charities providing support include:

  • Mental Health Foundation

Link: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day

  • Mind Charity

Helpline: 0300 123 3393

Link: https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/world-mental-health-day-2020/

  • Rethink

Helpline: 0300 5000 927

Link: https://www.rethink.org/get-involved/awareness-days-and-events/world-mental-health-day/

  • Young Minds

Helpline: 0808 802 5544

Link: https://youngminds.org.uk/

  • Time to Change

Link: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/world-mental-health-day

Thankfully there are now lots of resources to help people who are suffering from mental illness. Other resources include:

  • Samaritans
  • Saneline
  • Childline
  • Side by Side
  • SHOUT

We urge anyone struggling with mental health problems to seek guidance from their medical practitioner or contact one of the support services above.