World Mental Health Day 2021 is possibly the most important one to date.
The coronavirus pandemic, months of lockdown and an uncertain future for many will have taken its toll and people’s mental health may have been affected in various ways.
According to 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.
At BedsRCC, we have a number of services that can help those feeling isolated and alone, or suffering with high levels of anxiety.
We are part of the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Integrated Care System, the sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) where local NHS organisations and councils deliver shared proposals to improve health and care in the areas they serve. We can signpost people to self-refer to those services and if they need 1:1 support, our Social Prescribing service can help.
Our Village Agents make home visits to older people living in villages in Bedford Borough, to help them with free support and assistance, and our Good Neighbour scheme supports groups to provide a ‘safety net’ for their local area, responding to requests from residents in need of a bit of extra help. We also provide health walks, regular walks which are free and open to all.
There are also many local resources available if you or someone you know needs support.
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.
Visit the MIND website to find out more about World Mental Health Day.
If you feel like you need to talk to someone, you can contact the Samaritans, call 116 123 any time, from any phone for FREE.