As World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October 2020) approaches, the NHS in Leeds is reminding young people that mental health support is available across the city.
Each year, World Mental Health Day seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues, and the support that is available for those who are struggling. This year’s theme, ‘Mental Health for All’, will likely resonate with many people amid the anxiety and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.
Young people have been affected by the pandemic in more ways than one, with routines disrupted and significant changes to their education. In a survey carried out in July by Young Minds UK, 80% of young people who responded said that the coronavirus outbreak had made their mental health worse.
This World Mental Health Day, the local NHS is reminding children and young people in Leeds of the variety of mental health services that continue to offer support across the city, despite the pandemic. Information about these services – along with advice and resources – can be found on MindMate, the local mental health website for young people.
Dr Jane Mischenko, Lead Commissioner for Children and Maternity at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“This year’s theme, ‘Mental Health for All’, really summarises how mental health issues don’t discriminate – they can affect anyone, regardless of age. It’s important that young people are aware of the support that continues to be available to them during such unprecedented times.
“The MindMate website (www.mindmate.org.uk) has a wealth of resources that young people can use for support and advice, as well as directing them to local services. We’ve also set up a page specifically around how you can take care of your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. We know it’s not easy to talk about mental health – so, this World Mental Health Day, we want to encourage young people to have open conversations about their wellbeing, and to reach out for help when they need it.
“On Saturday 10 October, we’ll also be sharing some useful advice and tips around common mental health issues, and signposting to the website, throughout the day on the MindMate social media platforms. If you’re a parent, carer or a professional who works with young people, it would be great if you could share this information.”
If you’re a young person and need support or help with your mental health, please visit the MindMate website www.mindmate.org.uk.
This post is based on a press release issued by NHS Leeds