10 October is World Mental Health Day.

The aim of the day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health.

This year’s theme is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’.

The Covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted the effects of inequality and will continue to affect people in many ways: through illness, sometimes resulting in death and bereavement; through the economic impact; and with the physical distancing that can lead to social isolation.

The past year has been difficult for us all. You may be experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress, insomnia, or concerns about Covid.

If you are struggling, support is available. Don’t be afraid to reach out.

Keeping Well BLMK is here to support you.

Talk to us on our live chat or call 01908 724227 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).

You can also complete a self-referral form or request a call back.

We have a range of self-help resources covering common problems, which can be found at blmkwellbeing.crisp.help/en

Keeping Well provides a safe space for staff, who may be struggling with the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic or other stressful or upsetting situations, to talk to trained professionals about their feelings and their wellbeing needs.

The service is available to staff employed or sub-contracted by the NHS or local authorities in Bedford, Luton or Milton Keynes, as well as anyone working in nursing homes and care homes, carers who visit people in their own homes, carers who are paid via personal health budgets, teachers and people working in emergency services, such as the police, ambulance service and fire brigade.

Milton Keynes Talking Therapies Service has joined forces with Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service and Total Wellbeing Luton, to encourage people to not delay seeking help and support.

Instead they are encouraging people take part in any of the one-off webinars run by the three services in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

The webinar schedule and booking can be found at mktalkingtherapies.nhs.uk/blmk-events

They cover a range of topics including Understanding and Managing Anger, Men’s Mental Health, Sleep Hygiene and Compassion. They are delivered free of charge to anybody who lives or works in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

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