World Mental Health Day 2022

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World Mental Health Day 2022

Yesterday, Monday 10th October 2022, was World Mental Health Day. Every year on October 10th, The World Health Organisation (WHO), alongside the charity sector raise awareness of mental health issues. The theme announced for World Mental Health Day 2022 is "make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority".

The Covid-19 pandemic created a global crisis for mental health, fuelling short- and long-term stresses and undermining the mental health of millions. Estimates put the rise in both anxiety and depressive disorders at more than 25% during the first year of the pandemic. Mental health services have been severely disrupted and the treatment gap for mental health conditions has widened. Growing social and economic inequalities, protracted conflicts, violence, and public health emergencies affect whole populations, threatening progress towards improved well-being.

World Health Organisation: “Stigma and discrimination continue to be a barrier to social inclusion and access to the right care; importantly, we can all play our part in increasing awareness about which preventive mental health interventions work and World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to do that collectively. We will work with partners to launch a campaign around the theme of Making Mental Health & Well-Being for all a Global Priority. This will be an opportunity for people with mental health conditions, advocates, governments, employers, employees and other stakeholders to come together to recognize progress in this field and to be vocal about what we need to do to ensure Mental Health & Well-Being becomes a Global Priority for all." 

This year, Havering Mind held an open day for World Mental Health Day at Havering Mind Garden at Harrow Lodge House. The event included a showcase of their services and more information about mental health and wellbeing. Several representatives from Dagenham & Rainham Labour Party attended the event to show their support.

Jon Cruddas MP: “The rates of individuals living with mental health issues is rapidly increasing, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and with the current cost-of-living crisis. Waiting lists are at an all time high and it is a battle for many to receive support. The NHS are doing their best, but with consistent Government cuts, now totalling to over £330 million, they are in an impossible situation.

I applaud the work of the World Health Organisations and charities like 'Mind' in their plight to raise further awareness and help address the crisis we are facing.”

 

If you or someone you know needs support, please visit one of the links listed below:

Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org // Or call 116 123

CALM: https://www.thecalmzone.net // Or call 0800 58 58 58

Movember: https://uk.movember.com/mens-health/mental-health

Mental Health Foundation: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Wish - A voice for women's mental health: https://www.womenatwish.org.uk/

Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk