Today is World Mental Health Day.
For this year’s World Mental Health Day the Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign is focusing on “What works for me”, demonstrating how different actions can help us with our mental wellbeing.
These simple tips are designed to show that ‘there are little things we can all do to look after our mental health’. You can create your own personalised ‘Mind Plan’ by completing their NHS endorsed ‘Mind Plan Quiz‘ online.
‘Every Mind Matters’ works with a range of partners who share their goals in raising awareness and promoting mental health and wellbeing. Below is a short round-up of useful advice from partners who are supporting Every Mind Matters;
The mental health needs of LGBTQ+ people are unique and on average they experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, and other disorders than cisgender and heterosexual people. For tailored advice and support about wellbeing if you’re LGBTQ+, go to lgbthero.org.uk/find-support where you’ll find fact sheets, forums, and more.
National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society and Mind are proud to launch a free good practice guide to help mental health professionals adapt talking therapies for autistic adults and children. The guide was informed by the views of mental health professionals, autistic adults, and parents of autistic children.
The Reading Agency
Reading Well helps children, young people and adults to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading. Reading Well books are all recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered and their relatives and carers. Visit their website to find out more about their book lists.
What Works Wellbeing
The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is an independent body for wellbeing evidence, policy and practice that develops and shares robust and accessible evidence to improve decision-making. They have compiled data on the effectiveness of music, outdoor activity, work and a range of other behaviours to help with mental wellbeing. You can find this evidence here.
Mental Health UK
Mental Health UK’s Mental Health and Money Toolkit helps you understand, manage, and improve your mental and financial health. This practical guide can be used to shape important conversations with your healthcare worker and to help break the vicious cycle between money and mental health.
By signing up to the Friendly Places Pledge, a faith group makes a commitment to be a place that welcomes and supports those struggling with their mental health. FaithAction offers training and advice for faith-based organisations, as well as statutory organisations’ interest in partnering with faith settings. Find out more here.
EFFB works with local organisations which can support you through a variety of circumstances. Below is a round-up of our local partners offering support with mental health issues;
Mind in West Essex
Mind provides information, support and services for anyone affected by mental health problems. Services offered include groups and befriending (no charge) and counselling (reduced fee available). Visit their website to find out more about their services.
VITA Health Group
VitaMinds is a free service run by VITA Health Group. It works in partnership with the NHS to provide talking therapy services and counselling in the district of West Essex, including Harlow, Uttlesford and Epping Forest, to improve the mental wellbeing of people suffering from mental ill-health. Find out more here.
Open Door Friendship Group
Community Group for adults that suffer from mental ill-health, aimed at promoting independence, aiding prevention and allowing people to support each other. Runs every Friday at St Michael and All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton between 3 pm–6 pm.
For more information, contact them via phone at 020 8418 7944, or via email at [email protected]
Tree of Hope
Drop in the Community Hub for friendship and support, held at St John’s on the Broadway, The Broadway, Debden every Thursday between 5-6:30 pm.
For more information, contact Sam McGuiness via phone at 07305 654804, or email at [email protected]. Alternatively, contact the Parish Office at 07740 025926.
Support, mentoring and therapy for children, young people and their families to promote mental well-being, reduce emotional distress, conflict and family breakdown. They accept referrals for children from 4 to 18 years old, and up to 25 if there are additional needs. More details can be found at www.kidsinspire.org.uk.
Information, mentoring and counselling for young people aged 11-23 who are struggling with mental and emotional health issues, anxiety, depression and school & peer group issues. No charge, donations accepted. Find out more here.
GROW Community Food Growing Project
An inclusive community garden bringing people together in a safe and supportive environment to grow food and make a positive impact on the community. Follow their Facebook page to keep up to date and learn more.