Home Health ‘Ask twice’ this World Mental Health Day
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‘Ask twice’ this World Mental Health Day

by Gemma Melling

To mark World Mental Health Day (on Thursday 10 October) we are all being urged to ‘ask twice’ when someone we know says they’re fine – as sometimes they’re really not.

With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem, if someone you know says they’re fine, and you think they might not be, the message from Time to Change’s campaign is clear – ask twice.

World Mental Health Day aims to make us all more aware of our own mental health so we can identify when we might need some support and where to get that help.

Public Health England in partnership with the NHS has launched Every Mind Matters, a new campaign to help you manage and improve your mental health. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have voiced a powerful film to promote the campaign. It features celebrities and public figures whose lives have been affected by poor mental health.

The Every Mind Matters website has a free online plan designed to help you deal with stress, boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel more in control.  Importantly it also explains when to seek further support.

Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Sean Donnelly, said: “World Mental Health Day provides a great opportunity to raise our awareness and overall level of understanding of mental health problems, which is really important as mental health issues affect one in four people every year.

“We know the average person in the UK says they are fine 14 times a day, but how often is that really what they mean? That’s why we’re all being encouraged to ‘ask twice’ if someone we know says they’re fine but we think they may not be. ”

Useful sources of information and support

Encouraging someone to talk about their feelings can make a big difference to how they feel.  If you feel someone is struggling to cope, support can be found via the following services:

Think Wellbeing Knowsley offers support to Knowsley residents with common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, helping them to change the way they feel by changing the way they think.  A number of online and face-to-face options are available and you can find out more by visiting the Think Wellbeing website.

Samaritans – a national registered charity with local branches, available around the clock. Freephone: 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.

CALM – Campaign against Living Miserably – a national charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 or visit the CALM website.

AMPARO – support for anyone affected by suicide. Find out more by calling 0330 088 9255, emailing referrals@listening-ear.co.uk, visit the Listening Ear website or follow on Twitter.

The Barbara Bettle Foundation – set up to support individuals in the Merseyside area who have been bereaved through suicide. Find out more by emailing  laura.brown@caringconnections.org.uk or 0151 289 2761 visit www.barbarabettlefoundation.co.uk/

Stay Alive the Cheshire and Merseyside app designed to help both those who are having suicidal thoughts and those who are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The free app is available to download for iOS and Android devices. Simply search for ‘Stay Alive’ in your preferred app store.

For concerns around children and young people’s mental health:

Knowsley CAMHS Services offers advice and support for people aged up to 18 and can help with lots of problems or worries such as if you’re feeling depressed, not enjoying food, feeling panicked or scared, having trouble concentrating, or having problems with your family life. Find out more by calling 0151 489 6137.

Kooth provides online and face to face counselling, information, advice and support for young people in secondary schools. Find out more on Kooth’s website.

Papyrus – a national charity to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts.

Freephone: 0800 068 41 41   www.papyrus-uk.org.