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Every year we celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10 October. The theme for 2023, set by the World Foundation of Mental Health, is ‘Mental health is a universal human right’.

World Mental Health Day is about raising awareness of mental health and driving positive change for everyone’s mental health. It’s a chance to talk about mental health, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to get help if you are struggling. 

Here are some helpful resources:

Tips for looking after your mental health

How to talk about your mental health

Find support

We’ve all been living through uncertain and difficult times recently, and it can be helpful to know where to find support when you need it.

Usually, your GP is the first place you should go if you have worries about your mental health. There are many other places you can access support depending on what you need.

Call the NHS 24 Mental Health Hub by dialling 111 if you need to get help when your GP isn’t open or available.

Call Samaritans on 116 123 at any time of the day or night

Call Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 or visit their website

Message SHOUT to 85258 for 24/7 text support on your mobile

If you are a child or young person, you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them online

Call the CALM helpline on 0800 58 58 58 or use their webchat here. The helpline and webchat are both open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.

The Mental Health Foundation website has an extensive list of places you can find support.