The 10th October 2016 marks the global event of World Mental Health Day. This year the focus will be on 'dignity in mental health – psychological and mental health first aid for all,' focusing on improving awareness and understanding of psychological first aid and how it can be used following crisis events to support people in distress.
Each year Mental Health First Aid England actively support this awareness day, which was founded by the World Federation for Mental Health; aiming to unite people all over the world to campaign for mental health awareness.
In support of this year's World Mental Health Day we've developed our 'Take 10 Together' toolkit; encouraging everyone to have open conversations around mental health and personal wellbeing.
About the Take 10 Together toolkit
Our Take 10 Together toolkit includes ready-to-use materials to support mental well-being in your workplace, school or community, while showing the importance of Mental Health First Aid training.
You can use these on your own social media or blog and you may also wish to share the resources with colleagues via your intranet, newsletter or public spaces in your workplace. We have also put together some content specifically for schools and those who work or live with young people.
Why Take 10 Together?
Mental Health First Aid teaches people the skills and confidence to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support.
The first step on that journey may be taking 10 minutes to open up a meaningful conversation with a friend, family member, colleague or student about their mental health.
If you share on social media you can tag us @MHFAEngland and use #Take10Together to let us know what you think.
Spread the word
You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube to keep up to date with what we're doing for #WMHD16, you can also share with us what you will be getting up to!
The Mental Health Foundation has a range of great resources available. From downloadable posters to ideas for running your own fundraising event, you can find it all on their website at mentalhealth.org.uk.