This year’s World Mental Health Day (10 October 2023) has an important message – that mental health is a universal human right. As the digital mental wellbeing service for London, one of the most diverse cities in the world, the same message is at the heart of what we do here at Good Thinking. To mark #WMHD, we’ve created a range of new communications toolkits that can be used to raise awareness of our free wellbeing resources developed through the lens of different faiths.
“Everyone, whoever and wherever they are, has a right to the highest attainable standard of mental health. This includes the right to be protected from mental health risks, the right to available, accessible, acceptable, and good quality care, and the right to liberty, independence and inclusion in the community.” World Health Organization
We know there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for mental health support and that it should reflect how people live and what their values are. That’s why the Good Thinking service provides resources for a broad range of audiences, including parents and carers, young people and employers, and in the form of apps, guides and other tools.
Mental health support aligned with faith and beliefs
A couple of years ago, we identified a growing need to develop wellbeing resources for faith communities across London. Cultural competence in healthcare is about respecting and appreciating the cultural contexts of patients’ lives so we developed these resources hand in hand with faith leaders, local councils, health professionals, voluntary organisations and local residents.
The result is a collection of free resources that contains bespoke versions of Good Thinking’s Five ways to good mental wellbeing guide that align with the beliefs and teachings of various faiths. Bereavement advice, video messages from faith leaders and fact checks about common mental health misconceptions are also included in the support available. You can access these resources (some of which are available in various languages and in printable formats) by clicking the links below:
“By incorporating people’s beliefs and values into NHS guidance not only makes it more relatable and useful, it makes our communities feel valued. It gives us a sense of belonging in an inclusive Britain. This promotes trust in the healthcare system and wider society.” Dr Imrana Siddiqui, GP and clinical lead for mental health, North East London ICB
Help us spread the word - download a communications toolkit
Ahead of World Mental Health Day, we’ve created new communications toolkits that can be used by faith leaders, community and council representatives, GPs and members of the public to raise awareness of the support offered to faith communities by Good Thinking. The toolkits are available to download here and include new copy and graphics for use on social media.
More than 740,000 people have already used Good Thinking to tackle anxiety, low mood, stress, sleep problems and other concerns. On World Mental Health Day, we’d like to encourage even more Londoners to put their wellbeing first and make the most of our free, NHS-approved, 24/7 service.
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