As the coronavirus pandemic continues a new campaign is encouraging us to look after our mental health by talking to friends, family and those we trust.
‘Let’s keep talking’, the new Cheshire and Merseyside campaign also urges us to reach out to others who may be isolated or struggling at the moment and encourages people to seek help when needed.
The pandemic has affected everyone, but it is thought that some groups such as young people, people who have been furloughed and key workers, as well as those who are vulnerable and isolated, may be particularly struggling with poor mental health.
Those who need extra support are signposted to the Kind to Your Mind website which has advice, local services and a range of wellbeing resources including podcasts, information and free online therapy programmes.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to affect our everyday lives, some people will be struggling with feelings of anxiety and stress. If this is you, it is important to know that you are not alone and to reach out to someone close to you to talk through how you are feeling. The ‘Let’s keep talking’ campaign is a great reminder to do this, and to let you know that if you need it, extra help is at hand.
“On the Kind to Your Mind website you will find mental wellbeing resources and information about services in your local area which can help with whatever you are struggling with.”
Danny Sculthorpe, Ex-professional rugby player and State of Mind mental health champion who is supporting the campaign said:
“From my own experience, I know it can be hard to choose to talk to someone when you are struggling with your mental health, but it is so important that you do. Sharing what you are going through can help to reduce the burden. ‘Let’s keep talking’ is an important message at the best of times, but now more than ever before. I am pleased to support this campaign and help to get the message out there.”
For information on organisations and services that can help if you are struggling with your mental health, visit the Kind to Your Mind website www.kindtoyourmind.org