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10th October is World Mental Health Day

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Today, 10th October, is World Mental Health Day.

Mental health affects how we feel, how we think, how we handle stress and is so important throughout our lives. It can change over time depending on different factors such as life events, relationships, and work.

1 in 4 adults suffer with mental health problems. We recognise that this is something that affects a huge number of people, and we want to encourage the conversation and help to break the stigma.

When struggling with your mental health, opening up and talking to somebody is often the most difficult, but is the most important step in getting better. Whether it’s a family member, friend, colleague or a charity, somebody will be there to listen. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, so if you are struggling, please don’t suffer in silence.

Self-care is vital in managing the symptoms of mental health problems. While mental health is not a “one size fits all”, and recovery is different from person to person, self-care is something so important in looking after yourself and actively working towards recovery. It is important to be aware of your mental health, by spotting your early warning signs, keeping a diary or journal of how you’re feeling, and telling people what helps you. Additionally, try to spend time with friends and family to keep you connected and help you to feel supported. Mental illness can affect your motivation and energy, so where you can, make time for activities or hobbies that you find therapeutic, for example getting outside in the fresh air for a walk, crocheting, or baking.


CALM Charity

We are excited to be supporting and sponsoring one of our patients, who will be running the London Landmarks Half Marathon in April 2024 for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). We are helping him to reach his fundraising target and we wish him well in his training in the lead up to the marathon. If you wish to donate, you can do so here. Any donations will go to CALM so they can continue to do amazing work towards standing against suicide.

CALM provide life saving services and support people in getting the help they need, so they don’t die by suicide. They stand together with everybody who is struggling with life, and support them through talking about suicide, encouraging the conversation, as well as national campaigns and building communities. Their helpline and webchat is open 365 days a year as the first port of call, and can provide advice and support no matter the problem you are facing.

To read more or to speak to CALM if you need help and support, click here.


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