Mental Health Day 2020

Knock down the stigma of mental health. Build up solid foundations.

Tomorrow marks World Mental Health Day 2020, an important day which aims to raise awareness of not only the affects of mental health, but how we can all come together to help ourselves and those around us. Just as we take care of our physical health, our mental health is just as important.

The theme this year which has been set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'mental health for all'.

This years World Mental Health Day is the most important one yet, as months of lockdown and lack of social interaction have had a huge impact on people's mental health. It has never been more important than it is now.

Important research by Mind, with over 16,000 people, told them that more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said their mental health got worse during lockdown. In their findings they discovered many have developed new mental health problems as a result of the pandemic and those that already experienced existing mental health conditions have gotten worse.

They are scary statistics, but ones we can combat if we all come together to help each other.

'Knock down the stigma of mental health. Build up solid foundations.' is our new mental health campaign to outline the steps you can take to help those around you who may be struggling, perhaps even more so as a result of the pandemic.

1. Learn the facts

  • Improving your knowledge on mental health can help you massively understand someones situation a lot more. It can teach you the reasons why someone may be feeling the way they are feeling and help you understand how you can help.
  • There are many online charities that produce videos and blogs with ideas on how you can help someone you believe is struggling.
  • You will gain confidence through this new knowledge and will feel much more prepared when talking to someone.

2. Spot the signs

  • Is someone you know not enjoying the things that they always used to enjoy? Are they shutting themselves off from their friends or work colleagues?
  • Do they seem very restless throughout the day? Are their emotions heightened on a daily basis over small things?
  • Does it seem like they are finding it harder to cope with everyday life tasks, things that normally wouldn't bother them?

3. Start the conversation

  • You don't need to begin the conversation by addressing mental health. Just talk about every day life and allow the conversation to flow in whichever natural direction it takes.
  • A simple text asking how someone is can make a huge difference. That person may just be ready to open up and talk and you have made the first step in allowing them to do that.
  • Being patient is the most important trait when helping someone. They may not be ready to talk straight away, they may even shut you out, but gradually you could be helping to knock down the barriers.

We're extremely lucky here at James Burrell to have 3 Mental Heath First Aiders working across our branches. They provide a huge support network for every member of our team and an additional point of contact for someone who feels they may be struggling.

There are so many charities you can head to online for help and support. They can help you to understand mental health more, or they can also provide a shoulder of support if you feel like you are struggling and need someone to talk to. They can provide chat services and support as well as providing numerous articles and help ideas across their websites. There is always someone who can help.

Knock down the stigma of mental health. Build up solid foundations.