#DoOneThing on World Mental Health Day
Gloucestershire County Council are supporting Mind’s #DoOneThing campaign this World Mental Health Day (10 October) to help people improve their mental health.
Nationally, mental health issues are estimated to affect 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 young people every year. This year has been particularly difficult, and for many people the added anxieties caused by the coronavirus outbreak may be impacting on their mental health and wellbeing.
It can be hard to know where to start when you are struggling with your mental health, but taking that first step, or doing ‘one thing’ – like finding information or speaking to someone about how you feel – can make a big difference.
We would like to remind everyone of the services that are available to support children, young people and adults in the county with their mental health and wellbeing. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, over £300,000 has been invested in new mental health support services in the county. The services are easy to access, and do not necessarily need a referral from a health professional.
Services available for adults include:
- Qwell; free, anonymous online counselling and self-help resources.
- Let’s Talk; an NHS service for people experiencing issues like stress, anxiety and depression. You can access the service via 0800 073 2200.
Services available for children and young people include:
- Kooth; an anonymous online support platform open to anyone aged 11-18 experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, such as stress, low mood or anxiety. Includes free anonymous counselling, friendly discussion boards and self-help resources.
- TIC+; anonymous one-to-one support for young people aged 9-21.Call 0300 303 8080 or visit http://www.ticplus.org.uk/ . A parent support and advice line is also available online or by calling 0800 6525675.
- ChatHealth; a confidential text messaging service for young people to get in touch with a healthcare professional for advice and support. Text 07507 333351.
- Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline; for young people and adults who self harm, as well as their families, friends and carers. It is a safe, non-judgmental helpline and can be used via webchat at www.gloucestershireselfharm.org, by calling 0808 816 0606 or texting 07537 410 022.
Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities, said: “It’s really important that we prioritise our mental health, especially during these challenging times.
“On World Mental Health Day I would like to remind people that there are lots of free, confidential services available in the county that can offer support all year round. We all feel stressed or worried from time to time, but I would encourage everyone to reach out for extra support if they need it”.
For a full list of mental health services available in the county, and other useful information and advice, click here.
For more on Mind’s #DoOneThing campaign, click here.