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World Mental Health Day 2020

World Mental Health Day 2020 is the most important one yet.

This year has been a tough one for us all. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on our mental health and we are starting to see a rise in people struggling. Coronavirus is affecting all our lives; people are suffering from the effects of lockdown, bereavement, employment and financial issues. People are experiencing mental health problems for the first time with studies telling us that rates of depression have doubled. Lockdown has affected us all in different ways, and it is only normal to feel uncertain about what the future holds. The stress of this uncertainty is having an impact on our mental health too. Those already living with mental health difficulties are facing extra challenges and more people living in Cornwall are asking for support for their mental health.

As we adapt to the ever changing restrictions that Covid brings, people are telling us that visiting the beach really helps their mental health and wellbeing. From cold water swimming to beach yoga, from sitting and listening to the sea to walking the dog, the benefits are endless. The space, peace and natural beauty of the coast can be very therapeutic.

Spending time outdoors can help to reduce feelings of stress, help you feel more relaxed, improve physical health, boost confidence, help make new connections and help with mental health problems including anxiety and depression. Being outside in natural light can also be helpful if you experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that affects people during particular seasons or times of year.

Prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now. So this year we want to bring Cornwall together to mark World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October.

We are asking you to join in with our social media campaign. Just do one thing; think of a positive word, a word that means something to you when you think of your own mental wellbeing. It could be hope, family, recovery, life, anything that you want to share. Then we ask you to write it in the sand, paint it on a pebble, spell it with shells and take a photo. If you can’t access a beach then maybe create a word in your garden or get creative at home. Post your photo to us via our social media platforms 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cornwallmind

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cornwallmind/?hl=en

or send in messenger and please use the hashtag #cornwallmind.

You can also email your photo to info@cornwallmind.org and we can share it for you.

No people just words. 

Do this one thing today so others in Cornwall can see that they’re not alone in the challenges they’re facing.

#cornwallmind


The Big Rotary Cornish Coastal Footpath Challenge

 

We all know that the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on our mental health and we also know that doing physical activity can help improve our wellbeing. It can help with better sleep, happier moods and help us manage stress and anxiety. 

We are very proud to announce the launch of our very exciting challenge, The Big Rotary Cornish Coastal Footpath Challenge, lead by the Rotary Club of Truro Boscawen. We have invited the 29 Rotary Clubs across Cornwall to join us in raising mental health awareness and funds through sponsorship during the month of August. 

Each club will be asked to walk one or several sections of the Cornish coastal path and invite family and friends to join them. It’s a team effort and our motto for the event is that ‘a good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing’. Cornwall Mind has a team of enthusiastic staff and volunteers ready to walk and help raise those vital funds, you can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cornwallmindteamchallenge

Social distancing will be easy to maintain and the 293 miles of Cornish scenery will be stunning. Our joint efforts can help us to make a significant impact on mental health support in Cornwall in addition to encouraging us to look after our own mental wellbeing. 

A big thank you to Rotary Club of Truro Boscawen rotary-ribi.org for leading on this, and thank you to all Rotary Clubs that are taking part, your involvement is really appreciated and we are looking forward to walking with you!

For map information, updates and news visit the Rotary Club of Truro Boscawen website and our social media platforms. 

https://www.facebook.com/cornwallmind/

https://www.instagram.com/cornwallmind/

Understandably, we had to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by following Government guidelines to keep clients, volunteers, staff and the community safe. This means we had to stop our wellbeing groups and appointments back in March.

We are currently busy planning how we can safely restart our usual services, adapting where necessary and making sure we are Covid-19 secure. We want to continue supporting the people in Cornwall during this difficult time. We have reopened our garden and allotment projects and will be offering other services via telephone or video call. Our Creative Writing Workshops are already running via Zoom and the feedback has been great. Please bear with us while we make the adjustments, we will keep you posted in our news page and on social media. 

If you need support please email us: info@cornwallmind.org and we will respond to your email as soon as we can. 

You can keep up to date with our news on Facebook and Instagram @cornwallmind

Mental Health Support

If someone is in immediate danger

If you are in a mental health crisis, or know someone who is, then here are some ways you can get help. If you, or someone you know, are at immediate risk of harming themselves or others, then please ring 999.

For other crisis situations

The first step in getting help can often be speaking to your GP.  All GP surgeries will have a ‘duty GP’ to deal with emergencies, and you can contact the surgery to make an emergency appointment to see them or speak to them on the phone. Outside of normal working hours, you can access the out-of-hours GP service by ringing 111. If you, or the person you’re concerned about, is already in contact with NHS mental health services, then you should have a care plan which outlines what to do in a crisis. This might be to contact your GP or the Adult Mental Health Team that supports you.

What can I do to help myself cope?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or out of control, you might want to try different methods of calming yourself down. There are some specific strategies that a crisis team might try to use with you to manage and minimize any symptoms you might be experiencing.

https://www.mind.org.uk/need-urgent-help/what-can-i-do-to-help-myself-cope/

Someone to talk to

  • To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email jo@samaritans.org  
  • If you’re experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).
  • Text support, Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help, https://www.giveusashout.org/
  • If you’re under 25, you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (Sunday-Friday 2pm–11pm), request support by email using this form on The Mix website or use their crisis text messenger service.
  • If you’re under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email pat@papyrus-uk.org or text 07786 209 697.
  • If you identify as male, you can call the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight every day) or use their webchat service.
  • If you’re a student, you can look on the Nightline website to see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.
  • If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email chris@switchboard.lgbt or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.

Mind operates an Information Line which provides information on types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. It operates from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays)

Elefriends is an online, supportive community provided by Mind, www.elefriends.org.uk

Mindline Trans+ is a confidential, mental health support helpline for people who identify as Trans, Agender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary and also supports family members and friends and provides signposting to other services and resources. Tel No: 0300 330 5468

True Butterflies Foundation can offer support to survivors of domestic abuse and their families in the Falmouth/penryn area. https://www.truebutterflies.org/support

 

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