Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging everyone to think about their mental wellbeing this World Mental Health Day (WMH Day), 10 October.
With various events taking place across the Hull and East Riding, the annual awareness day aims to break down stigma and get people talking about mental health and the affect it has on people’s lives.
This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’ with the theme aiming to highlight the issues young people are facing in today’s world, and begin a conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient.
On Wednesday, the Trust’s Emotional Wellbeing Service (EWS) will be visiting communities around the region to discuss mental health, as well as delivering a presentation to over 150 pupils in assembly at Beverley Grammar School.
Lorna McKinley, Team Leader for the EWS said:
We are excited to take part in this year’s WMH Day as it’s really important for people to understand what it means to look after your mental health and learn about what services and tools are available to help.
Here at the EWS, we strongly believe everybody should be talking about mental health and learn how to look after their emotional wellbeing from a young age.
The EWS is available to people from the age of 16 upwards who are registered with an East Riding GP. The service offers lots of different ways to support people with a variety of concerns from anxiety to phobias, to relationships breakdowns and bereavement.
Rachel Forsey, Senior Employment Advisor for the Trust said:
I am extremely proud of the services on offer from Humber and I urge everyone to take time to talk.
The early years of adult life are crucial, full of change and excitement; however it can also be a stressful time. I personally struggled at this age but there is support out there and things can get better – do not be afraid of asking for help.
Although the theme for this year’s awareness day is young people, the Trust is encouraging people of all ages to nurture their mental wellbeing by following the ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’ initiative.
The campaign, created by the Public Health Agency, urge people to take time out to think about mental health and take steps to improve it.
The Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing are:
Connect with the people around you: family, friends, colleagues and neighbours at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these relationships as the cornerstones of your life and spend time developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity that you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Stop, pause, or take a moment to look around you. What can you see, feel, smell or even taste? Look for beautiful, new, unusual or extraordinary things in your everyday life and think about how that makes you feel.
Don’t be afraid to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for a course. Take on a different responsibility, fix a bike, learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.
Do something nice for a friend or stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer your time or consider joining a community group. Look out as well as in. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
For more information about Humber’s Emotional Wellbeing Service visit https://www.humber.nhs.uk/services/emotionalwellbeingHull.htm You can also text TALK to 60163 or call 01482 335451.