It was World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2017 and the theme was ‘mental health in the workplace’.
Did you know, 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems this year? Having someone you can talk with can make a huge difference. So, if someone you know is acting differently, step in. You don’t have to be an expert to be supportive. It can be as simple as checking in with someone, asking them how they’re doing, listening and not judging, just being there and being yourself.
As a GP I know how important it is to raise awareness and make it easier for people to talk about mental illness and we should not miss any opportunity to break down the barriers that stop people getting the help and support they need.
If you feel you can’t cope and need to speak to somebody right now, or need advice on how you can deal with someone else’s behaviour, no matter what time of day, you could contact NHS 111 or the Samaritans.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones Telephone: 111
The Samaritans offer a 24-hour confidential telephone helpline. Telephone: 08457 90 90 90
Across Teesside people can also access Talking Therapies (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)) and the useful website www.wecantalk.org gives more details about self-referral to local organisations who can help.
Within the CCG we also shared the Mental Health First Aid toolkit with colleagues, it can be found by visiting https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/resources/.