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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is supporting World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October and the Stockton Town Centre, Stockton Riverside and Newport Bridge lighting will be lit purple to mark the day. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on us all and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.

That’s why this year we want to bring everyone together to mark the day by each doing one thing for better mental health. Making positive change can seem so hard, especially during uncertain times. And sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. Whether it’s going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative, taking the first steps to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else; take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day.

Get some ideas on the Do one thing – monthly action calendar

There is also a range of resources available for organisations to support their employees:

Tips for working from home

How to support your team remotely

Supporting staff caring for children

Wellness Action Plan for home workers

There is a range of support available for residents of Stockton-on-Tees including:

IMPACT Teesside:

IMPACT is a free and confidential service, commissioned by the NHS, and is available to anyone aged 16 and over living in the Tees area, including: Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton, and Redcar and Cleveland.

Tel: 01642 573924 Email: enquiries@impactonteesside.com

Cruse Bereavement:

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides support and offers information, advice, education and training services.

Tel: 01642 210284 Email: helpline@cruse.org.uk  Web: https://www.cruse.org.uk/