Ahead of World Mental Health Day this Saturday, October 10, Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans is reminding people in Sussex to check in and support anyone who might be struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
At a time when looking after our mental health and connecting with others is more important than ever, the suicide prevention charity is sharing useful information to help people spot the signs that someone isn’t okay.
Centred around the belief that everyone has the ability to make a difference, the resources provide information on how to help someone having suicidal thoughts, what to do if someone is self-harming as well as advice on self-care and looking after emotional wellbeing.
Susie McGowan, branch director of Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans, said: “As the pandemic continues and we face potential restrictions, we must remember to prioritise our mental health and stay connected with others. The age of social distancing has meant people are having less face-to-face contact so it can be much harder to spot signs that someone might be struggling.
“Looking after mental health and emotional wellbeing is everybody’s business, we all have a part to play. We need to work together to ensure that we check in and support anyone who may be struggling during these challenging times.”
Those worried about somebody else can find a wealth of resources and advice on supporting anyone who is struggling and experiencing suicidal thoughts here on Samaritans website.
Brighton, Hove and District residents can also show their support for their local branch by making a donation and helping ensure its volunteers can continue to be there for those struggling to cope during the pandemic.
Samaritans will also be sharing useful advice and resources on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram throughout World Mental Health Day, including some new online resources on supporting somebody who is self-harming. Join in the conversation using #WMHD and/or #WorldMentalHealthDay.
Anyone can contact Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.