There are several Slough specific resources for residents who would like more information about mental health this World Mental Health Day.
This year the focus on World Mental Health Day, on Sunday 10 October, is mental health in an unequal world on a local and global level.
One of the key reasons for inequality is the stigma and discrimination towards those with mental health issues which can create a barrier to accessing help.
Such stigma has led to 9 out of ten people with mental health problems stating it has negatively impacted either their education, work, or personal lives, or all of them.
In Slough there is work happening and resources available to prompt and make conversations around mental health normal, like people would ask about someone’s physical health.
Cllr Pantelic, lead member for Social Care and Public Health, said: “There are excellent resources here to support people who feel their mental health is suffering.
“The challenges of the pandemic continue to affect us all this year, so it’s important for everyone to seek help and advice when they need it and not suffer in silence.”
Slough Public Health has partnered with Slough CVS and Wellbeing Prescribing to create information designed to support and help residents who are facing issues.
Slough CVS also provides support and activities to build people’s confidence. This is through face-to-face activities and meeting other people to break down the fear of reintroducing social situations back into their lives and therefore helps with the feelings of loneliness. For more information of what activities are out there visit Slough CVS Wellbeing Prescribing.
The new “Thriving Community Project” has activities to participate in, in person or online to improve mental health and wellbeing.
For more Mental Health information visit Mental Health Foundation.
Every Mind Matters offers a range of resources to help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offers practical self-care tips, guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support. It also has a free NHS-approved online tool the Every Mind Matters Your Mind Plan.