A message from Julie Webster, Wirral’s Director of Public Health.
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
- Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust crisis helpline, which is free and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week - 0800 145 6485.
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
- Self-help resources from Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, including resources for parents, carers, schools and other professionals.
- The ‘MyMind’ website contains support for children and young people across Cheshire and Wirral.
National helplines and campaigns
- A helpful list of national helplines, including Samaritans (116 123), Alzheimer's Society (0300 222 1122) and CALM (0800 58 58 58).
- The NHS Every Mind Matters website offers expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Wellbeing, self-help and apps
- A list of apps to help your wellbeing, including NHS and MIND approved links.
Support for NHS professionals
- Tailored health and wellbeing support for NHS workers, including telephone, text, apps and online short courses. General line: 0800 06 96 222. For bereavement support: 0300 303 4434.
Support for Social Care professionals
- Tailored health and wellbeing support for those working in social care, including telephone, text, package of support for Registered Managers, apps and an online platform. (Text ‘FRONTLINE’ to 85258 to start a conversation).
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.