Mental Health Awareness Week falls on the week commencing 10th May.
As part of their campaign, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is asking people to regularly ‘check in’ with their mental health.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of how you can access support for your mental health and wellbeing – whether that’s by contacting your GP or by using one of the self-referral options offered locally, which do not require a GP appointment.
The Trust has developed a check in web page, which aims to help people better understand what kind of feelings they’re experiencing and what avenues of support are available.
The campaign uses a traffic light system, with Green indicating an opportunity for people to check in with their feelings and begin to implement practices that could support their mental health over time. Amber signifies a need for improvement and additional support, and indicates the services in the local area that can help with different mental health concerns.
Finally, Red specifies feelings that may be a sign of a mental health crisis. This includes, but is not limited to, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and panic attacks. The Trust recommends that, if you are feeling this way, you should reach out to crisis support or, if you or someone else is in an emergency, to call 999 as soon as possible.
The page also aims to outline services that can support people experiencing a decline in their mental health as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes options related to debt, loneliness and homelessness.
Michele Moran, Chief Executive at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“The last year or so has been a challenge for everyone, and you are not alone if you are experiencing a decline in your mental health at this time.
“We are hoping that this year’s campaign will help you to not only understand your mental health a little better, but also show what options are available to you in your local area, if you are ready to seek additional support.
“We are proud to support our Hull and East Riding communities, and we hope you join us in checking in with your mental health and breaking the stigma associated with seeking help when you need it.”
During Mental Health Awareness Week, the Trust will be sharing useful tips and resources on social media, to help promote avenues for support and also help people manage their mental health as part of their daily routines. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
[Loren Hakeney – Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust]