09 Oct World Mental Health Day
Thursday the 10th of October is World Mental Health Day!
Here at Achieve our 3 key messages are: Eat Well, Move More and Be Kind. Being kind to yourself and taking care of your mental health is so important and something we really encourage everyone to try to prioritise.
Looking out for your friends, family and all those around you is something we tend to be fairly good at. However, when it comes to looking out for ourselves and talking about our worries, we seem to struggle a little. 1 in 4 of us will struggle with poor mental health at some point in our lives, so if you’re feeling this way, you’re not alone.
On Monday 7th October, Public Health England launched a new campaign with the NHS called “Every Mind Matters”. Click on the image below to head over and take a short quiz to find out what your Mind Plan might entail!
Our blog last week contained some healthy-ish, no-added-sugar bake sale recipes and tomorrow we will be selling these in our office to raise money for Oxfordshire Mind which is a mental health charity. All the information below is taken from the Mind website.
Oxfordshire Mind runs a wide range of services for anyone over the age of 16 who is affected by mental health problems – including:
- peer support groups for people with a shared experience of mental health problems
- free short courses on subjects like managing stress and becoming more assertive
- expert benefits advice for people with mental health problems
- signpost people to other forms of help
- provide supported housing
- support for people caring for someone with a mental health problem
To find out more about Oxfordshire Mind follow the link here.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health problem, the first step to recovery is talking to somebody. Below is some advice from Mind on who you can talk to.
We all need support sometimes. If you are in a mental health crisis, or know someone who is, then here are some ways you can get help.
If someone is in immediate danger
If you, or someone you know, are at immediate risk of harming themselves or others, then please ring 999.
For other crisis situations
The first step in getting help can often be speaking to your GP. All GP surgeries will have a ‘duty GP’ to deal with emergencies, and you can contact the surgery to make an emergency appointment to see them or speak to them on the phone. Outside of normal working hours, you can access the out-of-hours GP service by ringing 111.
If you, or the person you’re concerned about, is already in contact with NHS mental health services, then you should have a care plan which outlines what to do in a crisis. This might be to contact your GP or the Adult Mental Health Team that supports you. For contact details for the local mental health services click here to visit the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust website.
Someone to talk to
The Samaritans offer emotional support and a listening ear 24 hours a day, 365 days a year:
- 01865 722122
- 01295 270000
- 08457 909090
The charity SANE provide emotional support and specialist information to anyone affected by mental health problems. Their SANE Line operates from 6pm to 11pm every day of the year:
- 0845 7678000
Elefriends is an online, supportive community provided by national Mind:
If you feel that losing weight in a healthy, evidence supported way, could help you in your health journey then follow the link here to our Get Started page.
Everybody is worthy of being happy!
If you decide to get involved with a Bake Sale for Mind, we would love to see any pictures!