World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

Next Wednesday (10th October) is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is young people and mental health in a changing world.

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among 15-29-year-olds. Harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries and can lead to risky behaviours.

The expanding use of online technologies, whilst bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as we connect to the virtual network at any time of the day or night.

Enhancing social skills, problem-solving skills and self-confidence can help prevent mental health problems such as conduct disorders, anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

Fortunately, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world. Prevention begins with being aware of and understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness.

You can help!

An easy way to remember is:

  • See – notice if someone is not themselves. They may be more irritable, not looking after themselves well or isolating themselves.
  • Say – ask ‘are you ok?’ If you think they might be thinking about suicide, ask ‘have you ever thought about suicide?’ This will not encourage an attempt, in fact it is more likely to prevent it.
  • Signpost – offer them suggestions of where best to get support. Some suggestions are given below.

Don’t forget: your Wellbeing Hub is here to support you and answer your questions. Visit East24 (content below). Contact us on 01763 268766 or email

Sources of help

The Wellbeing Hub
Tel: 01763 268766

EAP (available 24/7)
Tel: 0800 085 1376
Web: (username: EEASTlogin password: wellbeing)

Occupational Health (PAM)
Ask your manager to make a referral for you

Call 116 123 for free from any phone (available 24/7)
Text: 07725 909090

See your GP for advice and support

MIND Bluelight Info Line

  • 0300 303 5999 (local rates)
  • Text: 84999

Published 1st October 2018

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