Mental health problems may affect all of us during our lifetimes, in one way or another. In order to break down barriers, and raise awareness of the mental health support available across Northamptonshire, and the UK, we’re supporting World Mental Health Day.
The annual campaign takes place on 10 October each year, and is supported by organisations across the globe. The theme of this year’s event is mental health for all, set by the World Mental Health Federation.
Now more than ever, it is important that we look after our mental health. We asked one of our mental health experts for their key advice for how we can all take a moment to pause and focus on our mental wellbeing.
- Talk to someone, sometimes just talking and making contact with another person can make you feel much better. This can be a relative, a friend or a professional.
- Try to organise a sleep routine, go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time. Sleep is really important to your wellbeing.
- Try to write down three positive things a day you have achieved. These do not need to be big as sometimes just posting a letter is an achievement.
- Take a breath, breathe in for 7 seconds and out for 11 seconds, this will refocus you and give you space.
- Get outside, go for a walk or stand in your garden just take in some fresh air.
- Set some small goals for your day that are achievable to give you a sense of purpose.
- Eat regular and healthy meals to ensure your body is well fuelled.
- Stay connected, reach out to family, friends, or local support group to stay in regular contact with people - whether this is over the phone, or video chat.
- Discover mindfulness apps on your phone, they can provide really useful techniques.
- Most importantly be kind to yourself, it's okay not to be okay.
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, there is a dedicated phone line which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide confidential mental health support and advice. Our friendly navigators are available to provide you with guidance, and access to local services, no matter what mental health struggles you’re going through. Call 0800 448 0828 to speak to a member of the team, any time of the day.
In addition to the mental health number, we offer a range of mental health services for people of all ages.
Mental health Crisis Cafés
The mental health crisis cafes are run by local Mind organisations and are supported by NHFT. When attending a Crisis Café a MIND peer support worker and a NHFT mental health professional will be available to provide support to anyone 18 or over who are finding themselves in a crisis or need support with their mental health. Simply drop in to one of the Northamptonshire locations to receive support. For all locations, dates and times please visit: www.nhft.nhs.uk/crisis-cafe
Changing Minds IAPT
We offer support to those over the age of 17 and a half who experience common mental health problems which impact on their wellbeing, such as low mood, OCD, depression and anxiety.
You can speak to our team by calling on 0300 999 1616 (9 to 5 weekdays) or by filling in the online form at: www.nhft.nhs.uk/iapt
ChatHealth - text your school nurse!
Are you 11-19 years old? You can text a school nurse for free, confidential help and advice! Just text 07507 329 600 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm).
CAMHS Live - online chat
Here to help young people 13 years and older and parents or carers wanting advice and information about emotional wellbeing and mental health services, visit www.nhft.nhs.uk/camhslive
NHFT is working with our partners across East Midlands to deliver the shared Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) New Care Model for children and young people, which aim to enhance co-production and ensure that children can more quickly access CAMHS services to get the right support and care that they need. Key organisations across the region are sharing best practice to develop the new care model, and more details will be published in due course.
For more information about suicide prevention, and national support services visit: www.nhft.nhs.uk/suicide-prevention
To find out more about World Mental Health Day visit: www.wmhd2020.com