World Mental Health Day is a moment to pause.
Every year has its ups and downs, but this year has put many people under a great strain in terms of our mental health. Many of the coping mechanisms, exercise, meeting up with friends, visiting family or just a change of scenery, have become more difficult or impossible.
In our city centre, this can hit even harder. Many people who live here came to Manchester from all over the country to make the life they wanted. This can mean a period of separation from family and friends where we grew up. Living arrangements that were manageable when we had a thriving, bustling city to support us become harder when we’re stuck in our rooms all day without a chance to escape. Working from home goes from a nice change of pace to something that blurs the lines between our own time and when we have to respond to clients or bosses. And romantic relationships become even trickier to navigate, with a government that can’t even explain what it thinks an “established relationship” is.
There are places you can go for help. Register with your local GP if you haven’t got round to it and are feeling under the weather. Get in touch with the local authority if you need help with jobs or bills. Speak to the support charities that can provide specialist assistance. Or just pick up the phone to a friend.
You make a real difference to this city. We are very happy you’re here. And, when things do get better, which they will, we will work together to make a true community where everyone has the support they need.