World Mental Health Day: The wellbeing services residents can access
‘You are not alone’ is the key message from Three Rivers District Council on World Mental Health Day.
Tuesday 10 October is World Mental Health Day, which aims to raise awareness of mental health and the services people can access as well as drive positive change for everyone’s mental health.
Every year has a theme, and this year’s is ‘mental health is a universal human right’ – meaning, much like physical health, it is a basic human right for people to access free, high-quality services to improve their mental wellbeing.
Mental health affects everybody and despite international campaigns, mental health is still treated differently in comparison to physical health and there is still a stigma surrounding talking openly about mental health.
As this year’s theme is ‘mental health is a universal human right,’ to mark World Mental Health Day, Three Rivers District Council has compiled a list of services in and around the district people can access.
Three Rivers District Council works in partnership with Herts Mind Network – a county-wide mental health support service that has peer support, group activities, counselling and a crisis helpline that can be accessed online, over the phone or from their wellbeing centres. More information can be found here.
The council also provides Healthy Hubs that are located across the district. The Healthy Hubs is a free one-stop shop for health and wellbeing information, advice and support. You can find your nearest Healthy Hub here.
Additionally, there is a free online mental health service called Togetherall, which can be accessed 24/7. Link here.
Young people struggling with their mental health can access the service YoungMinds, which can provide medication and coping strategies. Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. More information about YoungMinds and Kooth can be found here.
There is also a Haven Café in South Oxhey, which is run by Herts Mind Network, that young people can access and speak to professionals about their mental health in a safe space. Watch the video here.
PHOTO CAPTION: Banner of the Healthy Hub at South Oxhey Library.