Today is World Mental Health Day and the theme for 2020 is Mental Health for All
One in four people experience a mental health problem every year, and this year in particular has demonstrated the importance of looking after our own mental health. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the wellbeing of people across the city, with Healthwatch Leeds finding that nearly half the people they spoke to felt lockdown had affected their mental health.
There are a number of places where you can get help and support if you need it. Or advice and information on things you can do to help yourself
Mind have launched their ‘Do One Thing’ campaign. “Whether it’s going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative, taking the first steps to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else; take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day” Lots of useful information on the website mind/get involved/world mental health day and a calendar you can download with suggestions for each day mind – Do One Thing Calendar
Touchstone have produced a series of videos called ‘Coronavirus, Mental Health and Me’ where people share their personal experiences of mental health issues and coping during the COVID-19 crisis. You Tube – Touchstone
Mindwell have self help resources and links to local services and support https://www.mindwell-leeds.org.uk/myself
One to one advice from mental health professionals in a safe space at Leeds Civic Hall is available every Friday – 12.30pm – 2.30pm, Room 5. There is no need to book, just turn up. It takes place every Friday in room 5. If you want more information you can call 0113 855 0600.
You can also call a 24hour helpline from NHS in Leeds. Confidential support, advice, information and guidance for anyone concerned about their mental health. Trained telephone advisors will provide support for people in distress who need someone to talk to, and also refer people to services for further help. Carers, or those concerned about a loved one or friend, can also telephone for advice. Call 0800 183 0558.
And finally, at Caring Together, we are not mental health specialists but we are here if you want to chat call the office on 0113 2430298 or staff mobiles are: