World Mental Health Day

WMHD main imageToday (Wednesday 10 October) is World Mental Health Day. 

This annual event provides an opportunity to talk about mental health issues, the support that’s available and what more needs to be done to improve people’s mental health.

This year's theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is young people and mental health in a changing world.

Children and young adults face many changes, such as moving to high school, making new friends, leaving home, starting university, or starting their very first job. 

The use of online technology is ever increasing – and this brings its own challenges.

While some young people welcome change and the fast pace of life, this is not the case for everyone.

If worries and apprehension are not recognised and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness.

If this happens, it’s important to get the right support as early as possible.

To mark World Mental Health Day, we’re focusing on some of the main things that young people worry about including:

  • School and exams
  • Friends
  • Appearance
  • Family

We'll be taking to Twitter to share some of the ways to cope with these worries or where to seek help.

Have a look at some of our resources below, or follow us on Twitter@PennineCareNHS

General resources

For young people:

  • Healthy Young Minds website: A dedicated website that provides lots of information about young people's mental health and support that is available 
  • #Thrive:  A range of emotional health and wellbeing support for children and young people aged up to 19 years in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale.  You can self-refer to this service
  • Young Minds: The UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

For adults:

  • Health and Wellbeing College:  courses at our college can help you to develop new skills, make new friends and learn how to deal with any health challenges you may face

We also have a range of self-help leaflets, providing you with practical advice and support on a range of mental health issues.  

Suicide prevention

For young people:

  • Papyrus: Confidential support for young people at risk of suicide and advice for those who are worried about a young person.

For adults:

  • The Samaritans: Confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.  Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Phone them on 116 123

Eating disorders

For young people:

  • Community Eating Disorders Service:  Dedicated support and treatment across the Pennine Care footprint (*). You can self-refer to this service.  
  • B-eat: The UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape.

Exam stress

  • Stressbusting tips: Some tips from our staff about the symptoms of stress and how to cope.
  • Student Minds:   The UK's student mental health charity Student Minds offers lots of tips for coping with exam stress.
  • NHS Choices: provides some guidance on how parents and carers can support a child or young person to cope with exams and stress.