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World Mental Health Day 2020

Saturday 10 October 2020 is World Mental Health Day. This year has been particularly difficult for all of us; the pandemic and months of lockdown restrictions have had a massive impact on our daily lives as well as our mental health.

The Mental Health Foundation has been conducting research throughout the pandemic on how people are feeling. Results from the July study, when lockdown had begun to ease, showed:

  • Almost one in five (19%) of UK adults feeling hopeless
  • More than one-quarter (27%) of unemployed people feeling hopeless
  • Almost one-third (32%) of young adults aged 18-24 feeling hopeless
  • Almost one-third (31%) of people with pre-existing mental health conditions feeling hopeless

Source: Mental Health Foundation, July 2020 (

Prioritise your mental health

Prioritising your mental health is more important now than ever before, so we want to create as much awareness as possible on this World Mental Health Day, and to remind you that Community Living Well is here for you.

We offer the following services:

  • Talking Therapies (IAPT) – Short-term support for when you experience difficult emotions, such as, low mood, worry and stress
  • Peer Support – Wellbeing workshops, one-to-one peer support, peer support groups, social activities and peer support training with other people who have had similar experiences to you
  • Employment – Advice and support to gain and retain paid employment, improve your employability skills and know your rights in the workplace
  • Navigators – Practical support with a range of issues including benefits, debt, housing options, access to health and social care services and support to access specialist advice and information
  • Self-Care – Support and activities that help you to take care of your own mental, emotional and physical wellbeing

You can refer yourself to the Community Living Well service here

Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 6th October 2020

SMART St Mary Abbots Rehabilitation and Training