Today is the recognised International day for Global Mental Health Education – World Mental Health Day.
With the effects of Covid-19 being felt worldwide and with the increasing financial pressures it is causing, this has led to expanding pressures on our NHS and will continue to do so for the coming months.
For those suffering from mental health and psychosocial needs it is vitally important that we continue to have funding for improving the quality of mental health services.
Facts verified by WHO.
Depression is a major disability affecting 270 million people worldwide.
One person dies from suicide every 40 seconds and is particularly affecting those in the 15-29 age bracket.
It is estimated that one of every nine people in conflict situations have moderate or sever mental disorder.
Independent Councillor William McCandless said :
“One of my particular interests is the welfare of dementia sufferers. An estimated 850,000 people are living with dementia in the U.K. ( Remember this figure is only those who are diagnosed ).
“It can be difficult to explain the need for self-isolation, social distancing and hand sanitising to someone with dementia as they can struggle to process complex information.
“Those sufferers who are still living at home will feel an increasing isolation due to Covid restrictions.
“Please ensure you stay connected by calling as often as you can, write a letter or an email which their carer can read to them, contact them on the phone and keep encouraging limited exercise. They ( and their carers ) need as much support as you can give them.
“Remember keep lobbying for increased investment in mental health.