Local health and care staff are supporting World Mental Health Day on Sunday October 10.
World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma of the conditions people face.
This year’s theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’.
The pandemic has disjointed our lives over the past 18 months, and things have been tough on many people’s mental health.
Looking after yourself has never been more important.
Silent illnesses such as anxiety, depression, bipolar and stress can be overwhelming and the message is clear – if you are struggling, come forward and be heard.
It can be very challenging to make that first step, but it could change your life.
And NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group says mental health is one of its top priorities.
Dr Faisel Baig, Chair at NHS NLCCG, said: “Parity of esteem describes the need to value mental health equally to physical health.
“People with mental health needs should have the same access to services and support as those with physical health needs.
“Mental health has been a top priority at NLCCG for a number of years.
“Increased presentations of depression and anxiety amongst our population emphasise how important it is that we collaboratively ensure the right support is available for everyone.
“Often, presentations are being linked with the Covid-19 pandemic, which has taken its toll on so many people’s lives over the last 18 months.
“We have a wide range of mental health support services in North Lincolnshire and I would urge those suffering to speak up and seek help.
“These services are designed to help people with all levels of mental health issues, of all ages, and of all backgrounds. Mental health does not discriminate.
“As a North Lincolnshire GP I would remind anyone who may be suffering with their mental health that you are not alone. Professionally trained experts are awaiting your call and ready to help. Please don’t suffer in silence.”
“Please visit NLCCG’s website here for a full list of mental health service support in North Lincolnshire.”
Dr Nav Ahluwalia, Medical Director for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), said: “As we mark World Mental Health Day please remember that help is always available to support you at your time of mental health need.
“Mental health problems affect approximately one in four people in the UK each year.
“In England one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression in any given week.
“So if you are suffering with your mental health, you are not alone and when you need mental health support please give our experts a call. They are there and waiting to help you.”
There is a range of local support people can access across North Lincolnshire including:
- North Lincs Adult Mental Health Service 0800 015 0211 – wide range of help and support for adults or young people who are in a mental health crisis.
- North Lincs IAPT 01724 867297 – for anyone 18 plus suffering from anxiety, depression, low mood or stress.
- Support for Children and Young People – https://camhs.rdash.nhs.uk/
- Support for families: https://www.northlincs.gov.uk/people-health-and-care/support-for-children-and-families/ – information on general support for families
- Young People Mental Health: https://www.northlincs.gov.uk/people-health-and-care/young-peoples-mental-health/ – information on support available for young people
- Every Mind Matters: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/ – national health information