With recent research highlighting the stark impact of Covid-19 on our communities, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) are leading a public campaign promoting practical advice and information on looking after your mental health.
The ONS’s Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, published last month, identified almost one in five adults (19.2%) were likely to be experiencing some form of depression in June 2020; compared to around 1 in 10 (9.7%) before the pandemic (July 2019 to March 2020). At the same time, it has been suggested that 500,000 extra people will experience mental health conditions in the UK related to the economic downturn (Banks et al 2020).
SPFT are calling for 1,000 partner organisations and individuals to join the Ten4Ten campaign in the lead up to World Mental Health Day on 10 October. Sussex Cricket, Southern Rail and Brighton and Hove Albion FC (and their charity Albion in the Community) are on board, in addition to health and care partners across the system.
Supporters will take part in a co-ordinated mass tweet at 10am on 10 October to promote ten tips about mental health SPFT will also be launching a rap video on ways to well-being from talented student nurse Kuda-Kwashé.
“Covid-19 has threatened our personal safety, disrupted our daily routines, uprooted our lives and shaken our world,” says Sam Allen, Senior Responsible Officer for our ICS Mental Health Collaborative and CEO of SPFT. “The psychological impact on people has been significant, and we need to be prepared for the mental health cost that this virus will exact in the weeks and months ahead. That’s why – this year more than ever – World Mental Health Day is such an important opportunity to promote practical advice about what we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing.”