September 10 2018 is World Suicide Prevention Day which is celebrated every year on this date and is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

Recent years have seen more of us talking about mental health issues and embracing the fact that many people from all walks of life are affected by mental health issues – and that there is a need to break the stigma that often surrounds the issue.

The charity Mind estimates that around 1 in 4 people living in the UK experience a mental health problem each year and approximately 1 in 6 people reporting experiencing depression or anxiety issues within any given week.

Those statistics are frightening and there is research to suggest that men are three and a half times more likely to take their own life than women – with men in their mid to late 40’s being the most at risk age group.

The suicide statistics from the samaritans indicate there were 6,213 suicides last year in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The fact that the subject has been discussed more openly in the past few years seems to be working especially with males – there has been a significant decrease in the number of suicides in males and it is now at its lowest rate for 30 years.

Taking just a minute to reach out to someone could be the difference between them deciding to get help or taking their own life – we can all help.

If you are struggling with a mental health issue or are just wanting to maintain or improve your well being there is lots of support out there for you.  Make sure you make the most of it.

Wellbeing Projects

Tyneside Mind provide a range of projects which are aimed at supporting people on the road to recovery and better mental health.

They operate their projects around four key themes: Support, Emotional Resilience, Skills Development and Lifestyle – all with their own specific aims to support you.  More info

Yoga & Meditation

Yoga and Meditation are ancient practices and have been proven to reduce stress and can be very beneficial to our mental health.  Don’t worry if you have never participated in this type of activity as everyone has to start somewhere.

The free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes take place every Wednesday at 7pm in Tesco Extra (community room) Kingston Park, no special clothing or booking is required just show up.   More info

Take part in the arts 

Tyne Theatre Productions are inviting anyone over the age of seventeen and interested in Musical Theatre to a host of free Musical Theatre workshops.  For those wanting to take it a bit further they are also hosting auditions this month for their next production. More info

If taking part is not what you are looking for then maybe just a night out to watch a production would suit better.  Wicked the Musical is touring again and comes to Sunderland Empire Theatre between September 4 and 29 and is one not to be missed.  More info

Get Active

Working out is a great way to improve your mental health.  Regular exercise can improve our self-esteem and reduce stress and anxiety in our lives – even a 10 minute brisk walk improves our mental alertness, energy and positive mood.

So get out there for a walk, go for a run, get on your bike or join a gym.  Pure Gym offer cheap gym memberships across Newcastle and their gyms are open 24/7 for you to work out so no matter what sort of hours you keep there is always a gym for you to go to when it suits you best.  More info

These are obviously all just suggestions to help with trying to maintain a better mental health there are plenty more things out there which can help as well.

If you are struggling or know someone who is don’t suffer in silence contact your local Samaritans for help.


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