County Council shows support for Mental Health Awareness Week
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, the County Council is sharing messages of advice and support to help people improve their mental wellbeing.
This year’s awareness week runs from 13 - 19 May, and is an opportunity for us all to reflect on our own mental wellbeing as well as considering that of relatives, friends or colleagues. Sometimes we’re very good at putting on a brave face when actually we really need some help to overcome a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts.
Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, said: “Life is becoming increasingly busy and there can be a lot of pressure to keep going no matter what. This can prevent us from seeking help when we find we are not coping as well as normal or when we feel overwhelmed by life. Talking about our mental health is one of the best steps we can all take to begin to overcome the problem.
“It’s all too easy to forget that looking after our mental health is just as important as our physical health and it's estimated that one in four people will experience mental health problems in the course of any year. We will be using our social media channels to tell people about the services available to them locally, so please keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter during the week. Feel free to share the information with family and friends too.”
One of the best ways to start improving your mental wellbeing is to talk to someone about how you are feeling. That could be a close friend, or relative or even your GP if you find them easy to talk with, or a close colleague from work. Someone from one of the local Mental Health support organisations would also be a good start as they are trained to help people talk about their problems, knowing how hard it may be for them. Many say that just starting to talk about a problem lifts a weight off of their minds, and you will probably have found someone to help you find the right support as well.
If you'd like further help or advice on coping with stress, contact Healthy Minds Bucks, an Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust service which offers help over the phone and in person. You can self-refer to Healthy Minds Bucks by calling 01865 901600, by texting “Talk” and your name to 07798 667169, or complete the online referral form at https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/healthyminds/contact
Buckinghamshire MIND has a variety of local information including support and local community-based services at their website https://www.bucksmind.org.uk/
If you are having a difficult time, the Samaritans are available to talk to 24/7, you can call them FREE on 116 123 or visit their website at www.samaritans.org
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call 111 or 999 for immediate assistance.
Time to Change Buckinghamshire is working to tackle the stigma that can often be experienced by people with mental health problems. To find out more about our work or to get involved go to www.timetochangebucks.org
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Mental Health Awareness Week is a national campaign, led by the Mental Health Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for everyone. Visit https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ to find out more.