1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem this year...

World Mental Health Day took place on 10 October and our thoughts turned to those who are currently experiencing a mental health problem as well as their families and friends.

Take a look around you, whether you see friends, family, colleagues or even people you don’t know, one in four of them could be experiencing mental health problems right now.

These days, talking about mental health is becoming much easier but when you are feeling low and aren’t sure where to turn, talking about it can be the last thing on your mind.

You don’t have to be an expert to listen to someone, just knowing you care can be enough to encourage them to talk and if you use open questions – the ones that start with who, what, where, how, when or why, you can help them even more.

There is so much support available for anyone facing the challenges mental health problems bring. One way to start recovery is to speak to your GP, however, in Buckinghamshire there are also lots of organisations offering support including Bucks Mind, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably – support for men) and the Samaritans.

By looking out for those we care about and talking to them when we first feel something isn’t right, we can help them get the help they need sooner rather than later. Let’s share the message that “It’s okay not to be okay.”

Where can I get help?
To talk about your feelings you could contact your GP or one of the local support organisations – you can find their details on the Health and Wellbeing website.

 

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