Taking care of your Mind

Mon, 10 May 2021

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week, which takes place from 10-16 May, and as part of this will be working with local mental health charity, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, to strengthen the message of support.

Everyone has mental health and, at some point, many people find themselves in a situation that can present challenges - whether it be financial issues, bereavement, insomnia or depression.

It's important to know that there is support and help out there for people who are struggling.

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have extended the hours of their information and advice line to 24 hours a day to support local people who may be finding things difficult during the current COVID-19 crisis.

The information line is available for everyone in the Hull and East Yorkshire area.

The service, which originally ran from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday has now been extended as part of a joint partnership between Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust.

The Information and advice line is there for people across Hull and East Yorkshire who are struggling with their mental health, or would just like information, advice or local signposting information.

Emma Dallimore, chief executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, said: "We support over 5,000 people a year with their mental health, but know that there are many more that need our help especially at this worrying time.

"Working with our partner, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, we will be able to reach more people and ensure that anyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both the support and respect they deserve - at any time of the day.

Paul Johnson, clinical care director for mental health services at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: "This is a powerful opportunity to work with our valued partner Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, to improve the local support for people who may be struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

"This extended service will help people access helpful guidance and services, any time of day, when needed for ongoing support and interventions within the wider community.

"This initiative is in line with other planned developments to improve access to support across the Hull and East Riding region, as we are aware that these services are needed now, more than ever, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak."

John Skidmore, director of adults, health and customer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "It's important to know that there is help out there and that it's okay not to be okay.

"We want the people of the East Riding to seek help when they need it, or to reach out if they feel that a loved one, colleague or neighbour seems to be struggling lately.

"On many occasions, people who are struggling do not make it apparent to their nearest and dearest that they need or want help.

"We want to break down the stigma that mental health issues bring and encourage everyone to look after each other and ask: are you okay today?"

If you are struggling with your mental health and would like some information or advice, you can call (01482) 240133 24-hours per day seven days a week, or email info@heymind.org.uk

Alternatively, you can visit www.heymind.org.uk/coronavirus for more information on managing your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

There is also a free and confidential information line. Call (01482) 240133 or visit info@HEYMind.org.uk