World Mental Health Day 2020

Whilst anyone can be affected by mental health problems at any time in their life, every year on the 10th of October is World Mental Health Day, which aims to help raise mental health awareness.

Statistically one in four of us will suffer with issues relating to our mental health and the current pandemic that we are living through has brought to the forefront the need to discuss the impact our mental health has on our daily lives. Just like our physical wellbeing, our mental wellbeing must be taken care of and given the appropriate support.

World Mental Health Day 2020 is being seen as the most important one yet, as lockdown and its associated affects and the losses suffered as a result of Covid-19 have had a massive impact on mental health.

Research conducted by the charity Mind, with a sample of over 16,000 people showed that 60% of adults and 68% of young people reported a deterioration in their mental health during lockdown and many involved in the study developed new mental health issues following Covid-19.

How to get involved with World Mental Health Day 2020

This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘mental health for all’.

One of their ideas for raising awareness is ‘Tea and Talk’ which involves arranging a virtual cup of tea with family and friends and coming together to talk and support each other. There is information available on their website for downloading a free ‘Tea and Talk’ pack to raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation.

Other ways you can get involve include:

The Mind website also has lots of ideas on how you can support someone suffering with a mental health issue, or positive changes you can make if you are suffering with a mental health problem. Mind call this their ‘do one thing’ approach as they recognise that knowing where to start during these uncertain times can seem like an insurmountable task.

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Suffering with a mental illness and not receiving the appropriate treatment or care, or seeing a loved one go through this, or losing a loved one to suicide can be extremely distressing and painful.

Whilst individuals and families can never be adequately compensated for the impact such experiences will have on their lives, compensation can help to handle some of the practical consequences. If you feel there have been failures in mental health care, which may have contributed to a deterioration in your condition, affected your daily living, or in some regrettable situations, led to the death of a loved one, a claim may be able to be pursued.

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Kate Harrison is an Associate in our Medical Negligence team.

If you would like any advice in relation to the subjects discussed in this article, please contact Kate or another member of the team in Derby, Leicester or Nottingham on 0800 024 1976 or via our online form.