Mental Health Awareness Spotlight

Laverne Higgins
May 22, 2020

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi says focusing on good news and the sense of a collective national effort can help in tackling mental health during this coronavirus pandemic.

The letter, written to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week which began yesterday, (May 18) follows the publication of a Young Minds survey of more than 1,850 parents and carers, in which respondents expressed worries about the long-term impact of COVID-19 on their children's mental health, and described the challenges they face in finding support.

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week has been held every year in the United Kingdom since 2001 and aims to raise awareness and promote the message of good mental health for everyone.

AWP has stressed it is more important now than ever before that North Somerset residents "be kind to each other and yourself" during both lockdown and Mental Health Awareness Week.

Ms Todd said there are many things people can do daily to help get through these trying times, from daily exercise to getting outdoors and staying connected with friends and family.

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"In these challenging and hard times, people in Shropshire should take time to consider their mental health, reach out if they need help, and know that it is OK to not feel OK. Acts of kindness have been regularly demonstrated across the Highlands & Islands throughout this crisis, it's been inspiring to hear all the ways in which communities have been helping each other cope during these challenging times".

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Breathing Space offers a confidential phone and web-based service for those experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

Being open, tolerant, and supportive to those struggling could save lives and countless hours of worry for those in need. The service is free on all major networks and is for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.

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