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World Mental Health Day - 10 October 2020

The Derbyshire Mental Health Network have sent out the Derbyshire Mental Health Network Newsletter from Derbyshire County Council Public Health, which includes details of events, training, resources and other mental health news.

World Mental Health Day is on 10 October 2020

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The overall objective of the annual event is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'mental health for all'.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but World Mental Health Day is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

This World Mental Health Day, do one thing for better mental health

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a huge impact on us all. As a result of such a tough year prioritising mental health is very important . That's why this year Mind want to bring everyone together to mark the day by each doing one thing for better mental health.

Mind recognise making positive change can seem hard, especially during uncertain times. It can also sometimes be difficult to know where to start. Mind have therefore collected together a range of ideas and information, whether you want to take the first steps towards getting some help or learn more about helping those around you. You can read the ideas and information by clicking here.

Be open to mental health, talk and listen

Time to Change are calling on everyone to open up to mental health, to talk and to listen this World Mental Health Day and also every day. We all deserve to feel safe and supported when talking about our mental health. But too often, mental health stigma leaves people feeling isolated and ashamed. At worst, it prevents people getting support, finding employment or having open conversations. Time to Change have lots of free resources to help you change attitudes, which you can read about and download by clicking here.

Time to Change are also asking people to show their support and let others know you're getting involved in World Mental Health Day by sharing their graphics online. Download Time to Change’s World Mental Health Day 2020 images by clicking here.

New Derbyshire peer support groups for men

Derbyshire County Council on behalf of Joined Up Care Derbyshire have commissioned local mental health organisation Mentell to deliver a network of peer support groups for men aged 18 and over. The groups, or circles as Mentell title them, will be delivered virtually but with a view to establishing in the future face-to-face circles in each Derbyshire District and the City. The circles are not targeted at individuals in receipt of mental health services, but rather anyone wanting to make positive changes to their emotional wellbeing in a peer support group environment based on sharing feelings and thoughts, big or small.

Mentell have produced a short video on YouTube which gives an overview of how a Mentell circle works and you can watch this video by clicking here.

Visit the Mentell website at www.mentell.org.uk to find out more information.

University Resources for World Mental Health Day

Beginning University is an exciting new chapter and life transition for many. A certain level of stress is entirely normal. However, the COVID-19 pandemic means that the University experience looks very different this year. Many students are starting their new courses with classes online. Additionally, the ways students make friends and socialise have had to adapt to comply with social distancing guidelines. There is continued uncertainty for students about what this next year will look like. For students the current situation may bring anxiety, challenges and concern affecting their mental health.

In the above circumstances it is essential for students to be aware of the importance of their mental health and wellbeing and taking care of it. Related to this Time to Change have produced a free World Mental Health Day University Resources pack to help get people talking about mental health in Universities. You can download this World Mental Health Day University Resources pack by clicking here. The pack includes resources and activities suited for all audiences that can be used in tutor groups, student unions or department staff rooms as well as importantly shared online.

Derbyshire mental health training update – face-to-face and virtual delivery

The Derbyshire County Council Public Health mental health training offer now includes both face-to-face and virtual (online interactive) delivery of courses. Details can be found on the Derbyshire County Council website mental health training webpage, which has recently been updated.

New course dates will be released via the above webpage and where referred to via Eventbrite. Places can often fill-up very quickly because of high demand, however the courses form part of rolling programmes with new dates being released and added throughout the year. Anyone interested in training is advised to revisit the webpage regularly.

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