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Bedford Borough Council is highlighting how ‘Every Mind Matters’ this World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2020 8:00 AM

World Mental Health Day 2020The coronavirus pandemic, months of lockdown and the continued uncertainty has been tough for everyone, and people's mental health may have been affected in various ways.

According to recent research conducted by MIND, more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown.

Many people will be feeling lonely, isolated, stressed and anxious during this difficult period, so it's important we do all we can to look after each other and support one another's mental wellbeing.

MIND are suggesting everyone 'Do one thing' today, whether it's going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative, taking the first steps to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else.

There are many local resources available if you or someone you know needs support.

Every Mind Matters Webinar
11.30am - 12.30pm, Saturday 10 October
Mind BLMK (Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes) are holding a free Every Mind Matters webinar on Mental Health Day to discuss how to look after and support mental wellbeing.

Every Mind Matters is a NHS approved campaign that aims to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others. To book a place on the webinar email training@mind-blmk.org.uk.

Kooth
Free safe online counselling for children and young people (for age 11 until their 26th birthday) across Bedfordshire. Kooth gives young people access to professional help and support from qualified counsellors 7 days per week. It can also support adults struggling due the mental health of their child can get access. It is accessible from any device just visit www.kooth.com/.

For tips on how to take care of your mental health and wellbeing visit www.bedford.gov.uk/wellbeing.