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World Mental Health Day 2020

World Mental Health Day runs each year on 10 October – and is particularly important in view of COVID-19 impact this year on local residents’ mental health and wellbeing.

The World Foundation Mental Health has set a theme of ‘Mental Health for All’.

Harrow voluntary sector organisations, Council Public Health and CNWL NHS Foundation Trust have been working together to coordinate resources and activities for you to get involved in!

This year’s theme is ‘Mental Health for All’ and here’s how Harrow is raising awareness.

What you can do: Please keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to re-post our messages.

What you can do:  Please circulate to everyone you know who could benefit from this resource.

What you can do:  Please circulate to everyone you know who could benefit from these self-care resources.

‘They say a picture speaks a thousand words. It’s not always easy to find the words to talk about mental health, so why not start with a picture?’ To celebrate World Mental Health Day, we are working with Mind in Harrow and the Heads Up partners, encouraging you and the young people you work with to share a meme or a favourite image that best reflects how they are feeling at the moment.’

What you can do:  Promote the challenge!

Background – World Mental Health Day for Harrow & COVID-19

The mental health of Harrow’s communities is one the priority issues resulting from COVID-19, as it has caused social isolation, anxiety and loss of livelihoods.  Sadly suicide rates have also increased in Harrow during the COVID-19 period.

World Mental Health Day (and usually the whole preceding week) each year is an opportunity for us to encourage people to talk about mental health and break down stigma, raise awareness with at risk communities about where to seek help and with some specific messaging about where people who are experiencing suicidal thinking or in crisis can find emergency help.