08 October 2021
Let's talk all things mental health this World Mental Health Day
Mental Health Day (Sunday 10th October) Avon and
Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is asking everyone to
have a conversation about mental health, as well as taking the time
to look after yourself and check in with those that you care
By talking openly about our mental health, and how we are
feeling, we can help to break down the stigma associated with
mental health conditions and reduce the inequalities faced by
people with serious mental illness.
Having a serious mental illness can impact on all aspects of
your life, including your ability to work, how you maintain
relationships and it can reduce your enjoyment of life.
We're reminding everyone that it's important to recognise the
signs of poor mental health and that access to support and
treatment is available.
Tips on how to recognise you might be struggling with
your mental health
Signs you or some you care about may be struggling with their
mental health include:
Excessive worry or anxiety
Long-lasting sadness or irritability
Extreme changes in mood
Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping patterns
Unusual experiences, such as hearing voices or worrying that you
are in danger
Having thoughts of harming yourself in some way
How to look after your mental health
Having a healthy diet, getting regular sleep, communicating with
friends and family and exercising regularly can all help improve
your mental health.
Other practical steps that can help boost mood and help people
to feel better include taking up a new hobby and looking out for
friends and family who may also be struggling.
Claire Williamson, Head of Psychological Therapies, Avon and
Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, said: "Quite often,
issues relating to mental health only become apparent once they
have started to affect our day-to-day life, which is why
introducing small feel-good actions is so important. Whether it's
riding a bike, reading a book or a meal with friends, these small
activities can do wonders for our mood and self-esteem."
Advice and support for people struggling with their
If you are experiencing low mood and anxiety for the first time,
there is lots of help and support you can access online or through
voluntary organisations. If you've tried this and still feel you
need help, you can contact NHS 111, your GP, or you can self-refer
talking therapies services.
If you're worried about someone else who may be struggling with
their mental health, try and support them to talk to you about
their feelings and encourage them to seek support. Just talking
through their worries may help them think more clearly and help
them to access help.
If you are an existing AWP patient or service user and in need
of help, contact the team outlined in your care plan or the
Intensive Support Team identified to help you.
You can also call our 24/7 helpline where our staff can help
guide you to the right advice and support. The number to call is
0800 953 1919.
If you are concerned about someone who is in immediate danger,
contact the emergency services on 999.
General advice about emotional wellbeing
Every Mind Matters provides practical tips to help you look
after your mental health and wellbeing. You can find more
information here: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/
The following resources have been developed in response
to the impact of the pandemic, lockdown and social
We know that the pandemic, lockdown and social distancing has
impacted all of our mental health and emotional wellbeing. To
support people through this and as we readjust to things, a number
of resources have been developed in response to this.
You can access the How Are You? interactive quiz here: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/how-are-you-quiz/
The MIND resources on mental health and coronavirus can be found
Samaritans resources can be accessed here:
The below helplines can provide someone to talk
Samaritans - call 116 123 or email email@example.com
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) for men - call 0800 58
58 58 5pm to midnight
Papyrus - for people under 35 - call 0800 068 41 41 10am-10pm
Monday to Friday, 2pm-10pm weekends, 2pm-5pm bank holidays, email
Childline - for children and young people under 19 - call 0800
The Silver Line - for older people - call 0800 4 70 80 90