Posted 10 Oct 2020

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 the 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:

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

Mental health and mental illness are 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


  • Mind Charity

Helpline: 0300 123 3393


  • Rethink

Helpline: 0300 5000 927


  • Young Minds

Helpline: 0808 802 5544


  • Time to Change


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

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

Daniel Sharpe-Szunko
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