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World Mental Health Day 2020

This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

World Mental Health Day 2020 is the most important one yet.

This year has been a tough one for us all. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on our mental health.

According to our research, with over 16,000 people, we know that more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown. We know that many have developed new mental health problems as a result of the pandemic and, for some of us, existing mental health problems have gotten worse.

Prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.

So this year, we want to bring everyone together to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

Making positive change can seem so hard, especially during uncertain times. And sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. Whether you want to take the first steps towards getting some help or learn more about helping those around you, our information, support and our online community will get you started.

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; take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day and download our resources to help you get started:

  • Change your Facebook or Twitter cover photo.
  • Download an image to post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, sharing what you’ve done for better mental health.
  • Download our template for your Instagram and Facebook stories and encourage others to do the same using the hashtag #DoOneThing
  • Download our calendar with ideas for different things you can do each day for better mental health.

Do one thing by accessing information and support

There are lots of different ways to get help and support for your mental health. Why not do one thing today and start with one of these options.

Side by Side is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it's like to struggle sometimes. This is a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

Sign up here.

Whether you're living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information is vital.

Read our information about types of mental health problems, treatments, and tips for coping with everyday life.

If you are looking for mental health information on coronavirus, see our page on coronavirus and your wellbeing.

The Mind Infoline is an information and signposting services that can help you find out more about mental health problems, treatment options and where to get help.

Call us on 0300 123 3393

Email: [email protected]

Text: 86463

The Mind Infoline is open Monday to Friday, 9am -6pm

If you live in Wales, sign up to our free guided self-help programme, Active Monitoring.

In just six weeks we can help with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress, feeling alone, managing anger or grief and loss.

Sign up here.

Do one thing at work

From lockdown, to furlough, to job losses. We've all found ourselves under pressure. Lockdown has affected us all in different ways, and it is only normal to feel uncertain about what the future holds. The stress of this uncertainty could be having an impact on your mental health too.

Whatever you've been through this year, World Mental Health Day is a chance to make a positive change for the mental health of your workplace. But it can be hard to know where to start sometimes.

Start by downloading our Zoom background to show your support for Mind and start the conversation with your colleagues about what you are doing for better mental health.

More about our support for workplaces

Other ways to get involved and #DoOneThing

Do one thing by campaigning with us

Do one thing for better mental health today and join us to campaign for a better deal for people with mental health problems.

Campaign with us

Do one thing and share your story

Do one thing today by sharing your story so others can see that they're not alone in the challenges they're facing.

You could use our template for Instagram or Facebook stories to share with others your tips for looking after your wellbeing, write a blog for us, or reach out to someone to start the conversation about mental health.

Share your story

Do one thing and support us today

Help our Infoline be there for everyone at this crucial time, including frontline workers, so we all have someone to talk to when it becomes too much. Help us reach more people feeling trapped, isolated and alone with our peer support networks and advice on staying well. And help us to continue campaigning to protect your rights and support your needs in England and Wales.

Donate now

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