The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year.  This day offers an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and to gather support for everyone who is affected by them.  According to WHO’s World Health Report (2001) approx 450 million people worldwide live with mental  health issues. They are a key cause of ill-health and disability. 

In 2019 the theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health was suicide prevention. World Health Organisation (2018)  statistics show that every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. 

Suicide is preventable. At the Stuart Low Trust we wanted to mark the day by focusing on how we can support those who are finding it difficult to cope.

Tips on how to support someone who is struggling with their mental health

We have created a short film giving tips about how to support someone who is struggling with their mental health. Have a look at it on YouTube. 

Where to go to get help 

We have also created a resource with information about how to support someone who is finding it difficult to cope and a list organisations that can provide support.

Download this information here

Sharing experiences of giving support

On World Mental Health Day we held an activity at Culpeper Community Garden to explore how to support someone who is struggling with their mental health and how to look after yourself in those circumstances. As part of this discussion people shared their experience of caring for others who were struggling with their mental health as well as experiences of receiving support. 

Hand written spider diagram exploring the idea of self care.

They wanted their collective knowledge and experiences to be used to support others. We have collated their tips and written a resource that can be shared with others. 

At the end of the session the members of the group decided that they would like to hold a monthly talk about an aspect of mental health and wellbeing, with the information discussed being turned into a resource for others. Find these tips here

Why suicide prevention is still vital 

The Stuart Low Trust was founded in memory of Stuart Low, a young Islington man with a diagnosis of schizophrenia who took his own life after failing to find the support he needed to cope.

State of Equalities in Islington- Annual Report 2019, (Islington Council, 2019) reported that there are an estimated 19,899 people in Islington living with depression, the second highest recorded prevalence of depression in London. There are 3,943 people in Islington living with a serious mental illness, the highest prevalence of serious mental illness in London. As a result our work is needed now more than ever. 

You can get involved by volunteering, donating or attending our activities. 

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