world mental health day

Every year on October 10, World Mental Health Day gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and the supports available.

One in four people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. Whether it’s you, your parent, your sibling, your best friend or your co-worker, many of us are not getting the help we need – that has to change.

World Mental Health Day is a good opportunity to talk about how we should take care of ourselves and others, to better understand the problems faced and overcome by others, and to share how to get help if you experience difficulties.

Mental wellness activities in our libraries

Books to support teen mental health and wellbeing

A new List of well-read books for teens is available to borrow from our libraries. The books have been carefully chosen by leading health and wellness organizations to help teens better understand their feelings, deal with difficult experiences, and build confidence.

Positive print workshop with East Side Print

Monday 10 October, Jubilee Library

Appointment to create printed postcards with a positive message. You can send one to a friend or neighbor who is going through a tough time to let them know they are not alone or save one as a positive message for yourself. All materials provided.

Conscious coloring

From Monday 10 to Sunday 16 October, in all libraries during office hours

Head to your local library and take time out of your busy day to relax and have fun with a little creativity. To show that it’s okay to take a break, our libraries have mindful coloring stations available throughout the week.

Get help if you’re having trouble or want to help someone else

While it’s normal to feel anxious, depressed, or lonely at times, worsening mental health may indicate the need for outside help.

Talk to someone or get help

Find the right mental health or wellbeing support for you locally through UOK. Go to the UOK website or free call 0808 196 1768.

In an emergency, call the Sussex Mental Health Line on 0300 5000 101. They provide 24/7 support from registered clinicians, and they can refer you to local assessment and treatment if You need it.

If you need someone to talk to, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Find other mental health supports.

Find advice or resources online

NHS Every Mind Matters website offers simple practical resources for managing mental well-being. It includes self-care tips, advice videos, and the ability to create a personalized mental health action plan.

Mind shares its “If this speaks to you, speak to us” campaign for you to get insight into the different ways people talk about their experiences.

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