Today marks World Mental Health Day 2021, this years theme is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’.
The Foundation agrees that mental health services should be accessible to everyone. Since the beginning of the pandemic the need for mental wellbeing support has been at an all time high. During the last 18 months the Foundation has awarded £911,651 to 177 groups delivering equitable services for mental health, supporting over 68,000 local lives from all walks of life.
The Green Ribbon Campaign encourages everyone to #EndTheStigma surrounding mental health. The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness. Wearing a green ribbon can show colleagues, loved ones or simply those you walk past that you care about their mental health.
It’s important that as a team at the Foundation we have regular and open conversations about mental health in the workplace. We’ve shared our tips for wellbeing from personal experience to highlight that it’s okay to not be okay.
Anxiety UK – Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Bipolar UK – A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably. A charity providing a mental health helpline and webchat. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Men’s Health Forum – 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Mind – Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
No Panic – Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD. Phone: 0300 772 9844 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Email: email@example.com
OCD UK – A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments. Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Samaritans – Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
YoungMinds – Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)