Good mental health is important and is linked to good physical health – both of which support positive social and economic outcomes for individuals and society. However the pandemic and lockdown has affected the mental health of many, with some impacted more than others. Knowing that mental health disorders account for almost a quarter of the total burden of ill health in the UK, is worrying. According to this BBC article (18th August 2020), one in five people appear to have depressive symptoms compared with one in ten before the pandemic. Those most likely to show symptoms of depression are:
People under 40
People with a disability
Those who said they would struggle financially
That’s why this month we have decided to focus on mental health. Volunteering has helped many residents remain positive and resilient during lockdown, like Katie from Kensal Green, James from Willesden Green and Jason from Tokington. Another resident, Nicole from Dollis Hill MA Ward, gets personal and shares some of the things she has done during this challenging time for her own mental health. Some wonderful charities established in Brent and certain initiatives have done an amazing job supporting people facing mental health issues.
As always, you will also be able to read about our wards’ recent news and updates on various Mutual Aid projects. The featured charity this month is Home-Start that helps families with young children through challenging times. Finally, we share a story about Cuore Italian Deli & Coffee Shop who actively participated in Mutual Aid’s initiative “Gift Your Neighbour’’.
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