People are being encouraged to take time to look after their own wellbeing this World Mental Health Day today (Sunday 10 October).

Poor mental health and wellbeing can affect anyone, at any time, and there are a range of services and organisations in Wolverhampton that can help people who are struggling.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Around a quarter of people in England suffer from poor mental health, and the coronavirus pandemic has made the situation worse for many.

“It’s important that they know that they do not need to suffer in silence because help and support is available and so, this World Mental Health Day, I would encourage people to seek the help they, or their loved ones, need.”

People who are concerned about their mental wellbeing are encouraged to contact one of the following organisations for help and support:  

  • Wolverhampton Healthy Minds, for anyone aged 16+ registered with a Wolverhampton GP experiencing stress, low mood or anxiety. Call 0800 923 0222, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or visit Wolverhampton Healthy Minds.
  • The Sanctuary Hub, a safe place for anyone aged 18 or over who requires support outside of regular mental health services. Call 01902 572040, 6pm to 11pm, Monday to Friday, noon to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday.
  • WLGBT+, providing free counselling to those that identify as LGBTQ+. Email  
  • The NHS offers a range of information about good mental health and wellbeing, including self-assessment, audio guides and practical tools, at Mental Health
  • Every Mind Matters provides simple tips and advice to enable people to take better care of their mental health - visit Every Mind Matters

For anyone requiring urgent help, the following support is available: 

  • Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 24/7 support line, for people experiencing a mental health crisis. Call 0800 008 6516.
  • The Samaritans, for people having a difficult time or who are worried about someone else. Visit Samaritans, call 116 123 or email (emails will be replied to within 24 hours). 
  • Rethink Emotional Support Helpline, for those who need support, reassurance and understanding. Visit Rethink or call 0808 802 2208, 6pm to 3am, Monday to Friday, 2pm to 3am Saturday and Sunday. 

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'Mental Health in an Unequal World'. Find out more at Mental Health