Posted on: 7 October 2020

Milton Keynes’ Talking Therapies Service is urging people to look after their mental health in the build-up to World Mental Health Day, which falls on October 10 every year.

The service is launching a campaign across GP surgeries and online with four eye-catching designs as well as via MKFM that outline how the service can help people who are struggling with low mood or depression and anxiety difficulties.

The campaign is initially targeting people struggling with a long-term condition; with stress; with sleeplessness or who are feeling generally down.

The designs can be seen below.

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Clinical lead and consultant clinical psychologist Dr Neil Smith said: “We know these are anxious times for a lot of people and we want people to be aware of how we can help them. It’s as important to look after your mental health as it is to look after your physical health. If you store up problems, your mental health will suffer. We want to make sure we help people early before their mental health issues mount up.  We know these therapies work so we want people to talk with us and use us.” 

Milton Keynes Talking Therapies is part of the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme and it offers a range of evidence-based talking therapies delivered by trained NHS professionals.

Due to Covid-19 these are delivered online as well as on the telephone.

For details of how to refer and more on the service, visit our website.

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

Given past experience of emergencies, it is expected that the need for mental health and psychosocial support will substantially increase in the coming months and years. This is why the goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health.