World Mental Health Day 2021 (Sunday 10 October)

World Mental Health Day looks to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and highlight the resources available in support of mental health.

This year’s theme is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’ and it offers us an opportunity to think about issues that cause mental health inequality both locally and globally.

2020 highlighted the many inequalities due to race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity that can impact on people’s mental health, not to mention the ongoing stigma and discrimination towards those living with mental health issues.

Within north central London, there are plans to roll out new neighbourhood mental health services to make it easier to get timely care and support online:

Enfield Mind – How to protect your mental health in 5 easy steps:

Do you know about the five evidence-based steps for taking care of your mental health? Our health and care partners in Enfield have created this short video with tips for looking after your mental health.

We’re encouraging everyone to take care of their mental health by:

  1. Being active: Take stairs over lifts; Walk or cycle to work; Go for a walk or swim
  2. Connect with others: Use phone instead of email; Meet a friend in person; Join a social group
  3. Learn: Read a new book; Research a topic; Sign up for a class
  4. Give: Do a kind act every day; Help a neighbour in need; Volunteer
  5. Be present: Walk in nature; Practise mindfulness; Gardening.

There are a range of resources available to support residents’ mental health: These include:


Kooth: for young people in North Central London

An online 24/7 mental health and wellbeing support for young people (under 25s) across North Central London.


Good Thinking

Digital wellbeing support for Londoners who need help with anxiety, sleep, low mood and stress. Their resources include free apps, podcasts, blogs and workbooks.

  • Access their resources here.

Thrive LDN

A citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners. It is supported by the Mayor of London and led by the London Health Board partners. They offer 24-hour advice and support, free webinars, and online tools to help with your mental health.

  • Access their resources here.

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust – Recovery College [Camden and Islington residents only]

The Recovery College team at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust co-produce mental health and wellbeing training courses. Their tutors have professional and lived experience of mental health challenges.

  • You can enrol onto their courses now.

iCope [Camden and Islington residents only]

This service offers free, confidential help for problems such as stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.

  • Access their service here.

Every Mind Matters:

This service provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help tackle stress, anxiety and sleep issues.

  • Access their resources here.

Mind

A mental health charity offering support within North Central London boroughs:


Council Mental Health support

The local councils across North Central London offer their own range of mental health support:


National charities:

Samaritans

  • Helpline: 116 123 (Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Mind

  • Helpline: 0300 123 3393 (Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)

Saneline

  • Out-of-hours helpline: 0300 304 7000 (Open 4.30pm – 10.30pm every night)

Childline

  • Helpline: 0800 1111 (Open 9am to midnight everyday)

You can find out more about World Mental Health Day here.