Mental Health Awareness Day 2020

October 10th marks the annual Mental Health Awareness Day for 2020.

  • The theme that mental health charity Mind are promoting is ‘Do one thing for better mental health’. So, there is our challenge, what can you do to help create better mental health? This may be a change you can make every day to improve your own mental health, or it may be seeking help if you have been struggling.

This year has been a strange year for all of us. So much has changed in our daily lives, some have suffered the loss of loved ones, some have had employment interrupted or lost and some fear the consequences of catching Covid 19.

In whatever way you may have been affected by Covid 19, it will have had an effect on your mental health. Whilst most of us are able to cope with the stresses and strains, this year will have tested our resilience like no year before.

As we reported last month, middle-aged men are the sector in society that complete more suicides than any other. Rural work can also be a factor with long periods spent alone. It can be difficult for men to open up, especially for middle aged and older men that were brought up in less enlightened times. Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse discuss this in their fishing show on the BBC. They discuss how engaging in an activity together can help men discuss their issues: https://http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08rs2n0

5 Tips For Better Mental Health (NHS)

  1. Connect with other people
  2. Be physically active
  3. Learn new skills
  4. Give to others
  5. Pay attention to the present moment

For more information visit wwwhttp://NHS.UK/Mental-Wellbeing