Today (Tuesday 10 October) is World Mental Health Day – a chance to talk about mental health, recognise how we need to look after it, and how to get help if you’re struggling.
Talking is good for our mental health, and talking about mental health is important. It helps raise awareness and reduce stigma.
Our new Clinical and Operational Lead for the Devon Wellbeing Hub, Christina Greenland, shares her reasons for joining the Hub, explains why mental health is as important as physical health and encourages people not to struggle alone.
Christina says: “I wanted to join the Hub because I know from experience that in order to look after others well, whether in healthcare, social care or the police, it’s crucial that we look after ourselves; and with public services under so much pressure we need to do this now more than ever. My passion and commitment to supporting colleagues with their mental health and wellbeing is rooted in a deep respect for what they do, how they do it and the knowledge that we would all be poorer without it.
“Good mental health is as important as good physical health because it supports us in all areas of our lives, to be the people we want to be, to take our place in the world, to love and be loved.
“Most of us, at some point in our lives, will struggle with our mental health. Sometimes we need to stop, listen and really attend to this. It can be hard to reach out, especially if showing vulnerability, asking for help or receiving it is unfamiliar territory, but I would encourage people not to struggle alone, there are others who want to help and who can make a difference. This could be friends, family or our team at the Hub.”
If you are struggling with any aspect of your wellbeing, or you lead a team who would benefit from support, the Devon Wellbeing Hub can help you. Getting support with your own wellbeing doesn’t have to be a challenge. Please get in touch by emailing email@example.com or by calling 0300 303 5455. You can also fill out the referral form on the Hub website.
You can find helpful tips on how to talk about mental health on the Mental Health Foundation website.