Let's talk, World Mental Health Day
People in Lambeth are being encouraged to 'talk about how you feel' to help remove the stigma around mental illness.
Many people living with a psychological problem, or developing one, try to keep their feelings hidden because they are worried how others might react. Many other people without a diagnosed, or diagnosable, mental health problem still struggle to cope with daily life.
As part of World Mental Health Day this Wednesday (10 October), people are being reminded that help is available from a variety of sources – including your GP.
This year, there is a particular focus on young people and the importance of looking after mental health from an early age as this can prevent problems in later life. Only a quarter of young people with a diagnosable mental health issue get access to treatment and there is an average delay of 10 years between them showing the first symptoms and seeking help.
Dr Adrian McLachlan, GP and Chair of Lambeth CCG said:
"If you're struggling to manage your mental health, don't keep it to yourself. A good place to start can be talking to your GP, a friend, parent or carer, or a counsellor at your school, workplace, college or university. Bottling up your feelings and assuming they will go away can make things worse in the long run.
"Anyone concerned that they have a mental health problem should speak to their GP who can refer them to specialist services if needed.
"As your local GP practice, we are there to help with your mental health as well as your physical health. In fact, around one third of all GP appointments are related to mental health.
"You can also call Samaritans' free 24-hour confidential helpline on 116 123."
There are simple ways that you can look after your mental health by making small changes to your everyday lifestyle: Make time to do activities you enjoy, avoid short term fixes such as alcohol, caffeine and sugar, and try and spend less time in front of a screen.
You can find out more about mental health services available in Lambeth here.
For more information on supporting young people's mental health, you can download the #HandsUp4HealthyMinds toolkit from Mental Health First Aid England: https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/campaigns/world-mental-health-day-2018