It is claimed close to 1 billion* people are living with a mental health disorder, and amongst many other causes, this year the COVID-19 pandemic has only added a further impact on people’s mental health
(* Source: World Health Organisation)
“It is ok not to be ok”
People experience all kinds of mental health issues, perhaps you know of someone that is suffering from depression or anxiety
First created in 1992, this year’s #WorldMentalHealthDay is trying to achieve two main goals. Firstly it is to try and educate people about mental health conditions, and secondly to remove concerns, worry or even embarrassment over talking about mental health, or talking about suffering
How is the COVID-19 pandemic impacting mental health?
During the period of lockdown, we have seen many people using the time to change lifestyles. Maybe they have started doing more physical exercise, or trying to maintain a healthier diet. Whilst these are good ways of staying physically fit, are we keeping ourselves emotionally fit?
Many of the superb mental health support charities are receiving incredibly high volumes of calls. The Office of National Statistics reports that callers to services like Childline, Place2Be and YoungMinds are finding that many young people are struggling. Whether it is through the initial period of national lockdown, a general feeling of isolation since restrictions have eased, worries about their education and in some cases increased family problems
According to research undertaken by the mental health charity ‘Mind’ of 16,000 people, more than half of adults (60%) and over two-thirds of young people (68%) expressed their mental health had got worse during lockdown
These matters we know are widespread as the world battles with the current global health emergency, and struggles to bring the situation under control
What should you do?
If you need support, then you need to reach out. There are many support services out there, but if you feel you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need immediate help and support then you should 999 and request an ambulance, or if able then get yourself to your local A&E where you can be supported.
Perhaps you don’t yet feel you have reached a critical point but would like to talk to someone. In cases like this call NHS 111 and talk to someone
If you are already under the care of mental health services and you feel unable to keep yourself safe, call your mental health crisis team straight away
Where can I get help?
Whether you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, please visit the websites of, or call one the mental health charities, organisation and support groups that can offer you expert advice. Click here or on the banner below:
Call an ambulance if you need to
The content of this page is not to be taken as medical advice – always seek the advice of a specially trained Mental Health Support team if required