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World Mental Health Day

Mental health and wellbeing is about everyone - all our staff, all our volunteers and all our carers.

Mental Health UK

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'Mental Health in an Unequal World'.

“The 2021 World Mental Health Day campaign ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’ will enable us to focus on the issues that perpetuate mental health inequality locally and globally. We want to support civil societies to play an active role in tackling inequality in their local areas. We want to encourage researchers to share what they know about mental health inequality including practical ideas about how to tackle this.”

Data available to us from the Centre for Mental Health – forecasts a significant rise in poor mental health of up to up to 8.5 million adults, due to the pandemic. The need has never been greater, and we know that we’ll now have to grow at pace and increase our knowledge so that we can better support people with their mental health.

This year, we’re asking you to join us as we move forward together, for mental health.

Mental Health UK are partnering with ITN Productions Industry News to produce a news-style programme to raise the profile of mental health in the UK and how it affects people, from those severely affected by mental illness, to those whose mental health has worsened during the coronavirus crisis. The programme will be airing online on Sunday 10 October 2021 to coincide with World Mental Health Day 2021.

In the meantime, you can watch an exclusive trailer of ‘Forward Together for Mental Health’ and sign up here to be the first to watch it!

Positive news

The good news is that the need for further funding for Sussex and Surrey mental health services has been recognised and this means that mental health services, including Carers Support West Sussex teams can continue their life-changing work so that, one day, everyone will have the opportunity to live their best possible life.

Still a taboo subject

You might not be talking about it, because mental health is still a taboo subject. Many people feel scared or confused about confronting the issue at work. But there are small, simple steps we can all take to make our workplace mentally healthier.

Five simple steps researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation.

Top tips for staying well at work.

Information.

At any one time, at least one in six workers will be experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. Research by Mind confirms that a culture of silence around mental health can prove costly to employers in many ways. Starting a conversation about mental health doesn’t have to be difficult. Take a look at this example wellness action plan, to help broach the subject at your place of work.

Wellness Action Plans.

The importance of accessing nature

Earlier this year, we followed national guidance from The Mental Health Foundation and shared some very useful tips, which can be viewed below, about how to connect to nature.

Nature is not a luxury. It’s the greatest free resource for our own mental health and for a mentally healthy future.

  • Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!
  • Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
  • Talk about nature: encourage the people in your life to find new ways to connect with nature in their local environment.

Mental health ‘virtual goody bag’

Here at Carers Support West Sussex we have pooled together some resources to create a ‘virtual goody bag’, where you will find activities for both ‘Nature and Nurture’. We’ve included links to some amazing activities, and we hope you will make time, this week if not every week, for self-care. Looking after yourself is an important aspect of maintaining your mental health. Download the goody bag here.

If you are caring for someone with mental health, contact us today to find out how we can offer you support and guidance to help you in your caring role. Find out more about our mental health team here.

Extra resources

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

https://www.mind.org.uk/media/9222/pdf-about-mental-health-inequality-final.pdf