It's really important to talk about our mental health not just on World Mental Health Day, but every day.
Great to see local schools, such as Greenleaf, have been actively participating in Young Minds' #HelloYellow campaign. By wearing yellow and engaging in conversations about mental health, they are helping to break down the stigma surrounding these important discussions.
It is also important that we all need to know where to get help and access to mental health services when we need them.
Finding Help: Resources at Your Fingertips
Knowing where to find help and support is crucial. Thankfully, there are a number of services and resources available including:
A valuable tool for finding mental health services in your area. It connects individuals with the help they need just by entering in a postcode or using the location on your phone.
Find out about the council's 5 ways to wellbeing, Free Counselling and Therapy, Mental Health for Children, Young People and Parents.
NELFT Mental Health Direct - 0800 995 1000
If you live in Waltham Forest, Havering, Redbridge, Essex, Kent & Medway, Barking and Dagenham you can call for mental health help and advice any time of the day or night.
Reach out to Shout, a 24/7 crisis text support service, by texting 'SHOUT' to 85258. They provide immediate confidential text support.
If you or someone you know is struggling, don't hesitate to call 116 123. They are available 24/7 to lend a compassionate ear.
A new mental health and wellbeing hub as a transformative space for offering a peer-to-peer model of mental health support.
Sometimes, hearing from those who have experienced similar struggles can be incredibly comforting. The Speakers Collective is an organisation dedicated to sharing stories and experiences related to mental health, further emphasising the importance of open dialogue.
And of course, don't forget to sign-up and get involved with Time To Talk Waltham Forest to challenge stigma and discrimination locally.
So, do something nice for yourself today. Take a walk outside, breathe in the fresh air, and try to appreciate the beauty of the world around you.
Together, we can create a more compassionate and understanding community where mental health is a priority for everyone in Waltham Forest and around the world.