Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) is encouraging people to talk about their problems and seek help if they need to this ‘Blue Monday’.
Traditionally the third Monday in January, ‘Blue Monday’ is often thought to be the lowest day of the year for many of us. CNTW is aiming to address this by reaching out to those who may be struggling.
As a leading provider of mental health and disability services, CNTW wants people to know that no matter how negative a situation is, help is at hand, especially to those who may not be aware of where to go for guidance.
By getting everyone to take time to share their feelings, those that need help can make positive steps towards recovery.
John Lawlor, Chief Executive of CNTW, said: “We know that talking and asking for help can be hard for those who need it for their mental health and wellbeing. With so many of us physically separated, people may need support more than ever.
“While mental health is something people deal with all year round, we want to use ‘Blue Monday’ to encourage staff and members of the public to reach out to those who may be feeling lonely or isolated and let them know they’re not alone. We hope that by turning ‘Blue Monday’ on its head, we can continue to help break the stigma associated with mental illness and allow people to get the help they need.”
Where to seek help:
- NHS psychological therapies services (also known as IAPT, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) can help with a range of mental health problems including depression, anxiety and panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. You can refer yourself for support or ask your GP to make a referral for you. Find out more about your local psychological therapies service here.
- If someone is in a mental health crisis and needs urgent help, they can call CNTW’s regional Crisis Teams 24/7.
- For Northumberland and North Tyneside, call 0800 6522 861. Those who are Deaf/ hard of hearing can text 0788762577.
- For Sunderland and South Tyneside, call 0800 6522 867. Those who are Deaf/ hard of hearing can text 07889036280.)
- For the Newcastle and Gateshead Universal Crisis Team call 0800 6522 863. (Those who are Deaf/hard of hearing can text 07919 228 548.)
- For the North Cumbria Universal Crisis Team call 0800 6522 865. (Those who are Deaf/hard of hearing can text 0779 565 6226.)
- For mental health emergencies where someone’s life is at risk or where you cannot keep someone safe, you should dial 999 or go to your nearest Emergency (A&E) Department. Specialist mental health clinicians work at A&E departments across the region, who will be able to assess and treat mental health conditions.
CNTW also offers a range of award-winning self-help guides, offering information and practical advice on coping with issues including anxiety, sleeping problems and stress. They are available in a variety of formats, including audio and British Sign Language, and can be found online at www.cntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp