Pledjar: Mental Health and COVID-19
The 10th October every year marks World Mental Health Day, which has been observed on this date since 1992. This year, the cause has taken on a renewed significance for many.
In the face of global, life-altering events, many people find themselves re-evaluating things: their home situation, for example, or the amount of time they spend at work. Now that we have had some time to speculate about our “new normal” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of people are more aware of their mental health than ever before.
For some, this has meant implementing a new meditation schedule, or reintroducing mindfulness techniques. For others, mental health conditions that had been dormant or managed have reasserted themselves. Beat, an eating disorder support charity in the UK, has seen a 97% jump in demand for its services in the last six months. This can be attributed to many things, but the impact of a sixteen-week lockdown cannot be overstated.
In order to help make showing your support as easy as possible this World Mental Health Day, we’ve highlighted a few of the relevant charities you can donate your spare change to below.
COVID has been stressful for everyone, but some people’s circumstances have amplified the uncertainty. Helping Households Under Great Stress (HHUGS) is a charity who focus on providing emotional, financial and practical support to families who have been impacted by a terrorism-related arrest in the UK. With Brexit and COVID contributing to a sharp rise in racial targeting — both individual and institutional — HHUGS is here for you if you need them.
Muslim Youth Helpline
For young people struggling to adjust to new schooling, a disrupted home situation or something else entirely, the Muslim Youth Helpline is available every day of the year. Offering pioneering faith and culturally sensitive services to young Muslim people, the charity offers an online and telephone helpline as well as training and workshops to help institutions help their members. The charity also facilitates research into the issues young Muslims are facing.
Self Injury Support
Being stuck inside with limited access to direct human contact makes it even more difficult to deal with some mental health conditions. Self Injury Support exists to help women and girls who self-injure directly, through a multi-channel helpline, as well as providing training to organisations and aiding research into self-harm.
Swindon Youth for Christ
Swindon Youth for Christ works with schools, churches and sports teams to offer students pastoral support ranging from sex education to mental health guidance and chaplaincy. Their work centres around ensuring young people feel like individuals — something that is becoming increasingly difficult in times of COVID.
World Mental Health Day draws attention to an issue that has long been clouded by stigma and shame. That said, it is not the only day we should show our support for the wonderful charities that are nothing short of lifelines for many. Don’t forget that you can use Pledjar to round up and donate your spare change to charities every single month.