Championed by the Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org.uk, Mental Health Awareness Week (18th-24th May) struck a chord with millions of UK residents due to the ongoing challenges caused by coronavirus.
The Samaritans have been working closely with Network Rail since 2010 helping to train over 20,000 members of staff to sensitively intervene if they see a member of public showing signs of depression or distress. Their quick and skilled intervention has meant *2,270 lives have been saved during 2018-19. More information about this initiative can be found here: https://bit.ly/2ZAmn5q
Like the coronavirus, mental health can't be seen and is equally as serious. That's why it's important we talk to others and share our thoughts and feelings.
Many people have lost their job and are trying to cope with serious financial pressures. Others won't know until they come out of furlough if their job still exists. Some people have turned into carers overnight with the added responsibility of shielding high risk friends and family who need ongoing medical care. As a nation, we are all being pushed to the limit.
The Samaritans are asking us to get online with friends and family (together with a comforting cuppa) to help raise money for their invaluable work www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/brew-monday/
Mind.org.uk has launched a social campaign #SpeakYourMind encouraging us to reach out to others who might need some friendly advice on how to cope in this pandemic https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/mental-health-awareness-week
*Reported figures from the Department of Transport