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Source: City of Wakefield

​Wakefield Council is supporting World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October) which this year has a theme of ‘mental health for all’.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges for lots of different people and many might be struggling with their mental health and well-being for the first time.

For people with existing mental health conditions, risk factors such as increased social isolation may have had a bigger impact.

It is expected that the need for mental health and social support will substantially increase in the coming months and years – and that’s why the goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health

​Cllr Faith Heptinstall, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “The pandemic has been a really difficult and scary time for everyone but if you are struggling with your mental health, please do not suffer alone, help is out there.

“Mental health conditions are incredibly common but can be invisible to others – even though they affect one in four people of all ages, backgrounds and religions, so please be kind.”

Cllr Jessica Carrington, Wakefield Council’s Mental Health Champion, said: “Although there’s growing awareness of these conditions, World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to focus and highlight our determination to tackle stigma, and promote fairness, openness and understanding to everyone who experiences this type of ill health.”

Anyone who feels they are struggling with their own mental health or is concerned about a loved one should see their GP. Or get further support at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

If anyone feels like they are struggling to cope, call Samaritans for free on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email jo@samaritans.org or visit the Samaritans website to find details of the nearest branch.

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them.

For more information about World Mental Health Day, visit https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/world-mental-health-day-2020

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