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Health blog: World Mental Health Day

A message from Julie Webster, Wirral’s Director of Public Health.

Dear residents,

Saturday 10th October marks World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness of mental health issues and help reduce stigma around an issue that affects many of us.

The theme this year is ‘mental health for all’ and, with the added pressures of COVID-19, it’s vital that we take notice of our individual and collective wellbeing wellbeing.

Just like physical health, we all have mental health. Ups and downs can affect anyone, on any day of the year, but World Mental Health Day is a great day to show your support for better mental health and take the time to look out for friends and loved ones – as well as ourselves.

Our local services have a range of mental health support and resources on offer.

Here are some of the things you can access:

Urgent mental health support

Local mental health support

  • Talking Together Wirral is a free and confidential service available to anyone aged 16+ who is registered with a GP in Wirral. Operating Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm, 0151 649 1859.

Support for young people

National helplines and campaigns

Wellbeing, self-help and apps

Support for NHS professionals

Support for Social Care professionals

Other local support services

  • Wirral InfoBank is an online resource to help you find services near you.
  • Financial support and debt worries can impact your mental health – Citizen’s Advice Wirral can support you. Residents who meet certain criteria and are asked to self-isolate can also access financial help from the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme via www.wirral.gov.uk/covidpayment

Now, more than ever, it is so important to check in with yourself and look after your mental wellbeing.

Thanks for reading – and please share these useful links with those around you who may be in need of a bit of extra support at this time.

Stay safe,

Julie.