A £2m Covid response programme is being launched to coincide with World Mental Health Day this Sunday.

This year marks the 30th World Mental Health Day, an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma, first celebrated in 1992.

The theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health for Sunday October 10th, is ‘Mental health in an unequal world’.

From the beginning of the pandemic, the Mental Health Foundation has been tracking its impact on people’s mental health.

Its research has shown that some of the people struggling the most are those who were already facing considerable challenges – people with long term health conditions, or facing discrimination, or parenting on their own.

That is why MHF is launching the Covid Response Programme to work with partners to help some of the people who have been hardest hit.

World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.

Looking after your mental health

There are little things we can all do to help look after our mental health. Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

The NHS Every Mind Matters website has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, so discover what works for you.

It includes the Get Your Mind Plan, where you can answer five quick questions to get your free plan with tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control.