People are being urged to get involved in a mental health campaign to help promote 10 ways to mental wellbeing, which already has the backing of several organisations.
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services across Sussex and Hampshire, is behind the campaign on World Mental Health Day 2020, which falls on 10 October.
The initiative will see hundreds of people and local organisations simultaneously tweet a mental health message at 10am on 10 October promoting 10 ways to wellbeing. There's an invitation to social media users to play their part in this digital event, joining organisations including Southern Rail, Sussex Cricket and Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
Sophie Holmes, Clinical Psychologist at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust explains: "We know the coronavirus outbreak is affecting us all psychologically. People have been worried about the impact of the disease on themselves, and their families and friends. It is more likely that people will suffer mental health problems because they may have lost things that normally keep us emotionally well. These include contact with friends and family, physical exercise and other routines that give us a sense of purpose. That's why it is important that we can provide as much advice and guidance to support people where we can.
"We are so thankful to our partner organisations for supporting this and we would love you to get behind this campaign, show your support for mental health, and join our mass tweet."
The mission is to recruit people in advance via our #Ten4Ten campaign website, www.ten4ten.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk, to take part in a mass, synchronised tweet at 10am on 10 October when we will be launching a rap video about 10 ways to wellbeing, written and performed by our talented student nurse Kuda-Kwashé and recorded by filmmaker John Richardson.
The 10 ways to wellbeing include maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including diet, sleep and exercise, structuring your day with things you can realistically achieve and using the skills you already have, and have used in the past, to deal with stress.
Kuda- Kwashé, student nurse at Sussex Partnership added: "As a student mental health nurse, I've been able to witness first-hand the benefits of prioritising mental and emotional well-being, and the positive impact of removing the stigma around mental health. I feel honoured to be able to support this campaign."
People are being encouraged to sign up in advance of the 10 October via our campaign website: www.ten4ten.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk. Those registered with then receive an email nearer the time with the wording of a tweet to send or schedule for 10 October at 10am.