World Mental Health Day 2021
Mind recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.
This year, the theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is
Mental Health in an Unequal World.
Right now, our society is more divided than ever.
And too often access to mental health support is determined by where we live or who we are.
It shouldn’t be like this. But we can change things.
The ongoing pandemic and recent lockdown period have been a source of disruption and worry for many people, many of whom have found themselves experiencing worries about their mental health for the first time.
For those with existing disadvantages, the pandemic has brought on even more risk, anxiety and hardship.
At Islington Mind, we have been working throughout these changing times to provide emotional support and practical assistance to anyone experiencing mental health challenges in Islington.
In particular, we have been able to provide targeted help to disadvantaged groups through our specialist mental health projects. These services help to address the gaps in mental health care, while empowering participants to take control of their wellbeing.
Our specialist projects include:
- Culturally-specific peer-support groups, e.g., our Black Men’s and Black Women’s groups
- Our weekly Women-Only Space
- Our Lambo Band, run by and for our service users from racialised communities
- Our Mother To Mother peer-support group for female carers of people with mental health conditions
- Our London-wide LGBTQ+ weekly social space, Outcome
- Our mental health support service for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees, Freedom From Fear To Love
- Our Chance4Young group for people aged 18-25
Please take a look at Islington Mind’s World Mental Health Day quiz to learn more about inequality in mental health conditions and care
This World Mental Health Day, we want to spread the word about mental health inequality.
Mind is supporting the theme of Mental Health in an Unequal World by encouraging us to Do One Thing to raise awareness of inequality in mental health.
Use Mind’s resources to learn about mental health inequality, add your voice to our campaign, and spread the word.
For information, resources, and advice on specialist support, go to mind.org.uk/DoOneThing
Author: Philip Challinor
Posted on: 12th October 2021