'Do One Thing' for World Mental Health Day 2020

This year's World Mental Health Day is on Sat 10 October and 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 National Mind's research, with over 16,000 people across the UK, 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.

This year, we are working with National Mind to bring everyone together to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October and to 'Do One Thing'.

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 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.

We offer Mental Health First Aid training for workplaces and businesses - Find out more.

Do One Thing and share your stories

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 Instagram and Facebook stories to share with others. Share your tips for looking after your wellbeing, or reach out to someone to start the conversation about mental health. Remember to tag us and use the #WMHD2020 hashtag.

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.

Do One Thing by supporting us

However big or small, your donation could give someone hope and help them know they're not alone. Help us be there for everyone who needs us at this crucial time and in the future. Donate today via social media, set up a fundraiser or donate online.

South East and Central Essex Mind, 112a Southchurch Road

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2LX

Charity registration number 1148451