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World Mental Health Day - ''You are not alone''

The World Health Organisation is trying to raise awareness of mental health issues Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

People across the country are taking parts in events to mark World Mental Health Day. The global event is a chance to raise awareness about mental health issues and engage people in the efforts to end mental health discrimination wherever it occurs.

The mental health charity MIND say that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year, while 1 in 6 people report experiencing at least one common mental health problem (such as stress, anxiety or depression) in any given week.

By 2030, it is estimated that there will be approximately 2 million more adults in the UK with mental health problems than there were in 2013

1 in 4
People will experience a mental health problem in any given year

Organisations and individuals are pledging to listen to each more, so that people realise they are not alone. ITV is one of more than eight hundred companies which have joined 'Time to Change' a campaign to change the way we talk about mental health in our workplaces.

ITV Meridian presenters Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra have joined the campaign

The main focus of this year's World Mental Health Day organised by the World Health Organisation is mental heath provision for young people. The younger members of the Royal Family have been highlighting what they've been doing to spark the conversation - including a recent visit by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan - the Duke & Duchess of Sussex, to some young people in Peacehaven, Sussex.

Twelve men who work for Thames Water have taken part in a one minute silence on the water in Reading to highlight the fact that on average, twelve men take their own lives every day.

Twelve men on paddleboards in the water
1 in 6
People report experiencing at least one common mental health problem in any given week

Police forces are joining the conversation in a number of ways - such as by sharing stories, like the one below.

A photography exhibition in Sussex is aimed at encouraging people to talk about mental health. Volunteers have had their portraits taken for the 'Inside Out Brighton' project - part of a global public art installation. They are also sharing their stories.

Inside Out Brighton photography project aims to fight stigma

If you want help or advice on some of the issues mentioned above you can contact organisations such as:

  • Mind the mental health charity which promotes the views and needs of people with mental health issues. Phone 0300 123 3393 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 6pm)
  • The Mental Health Foundation provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
  • CALM the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for boys & men aged 15 to 35. Phone 0800 585858 (Daily, 5pm to midnight)
  • Rethink Mental Illness Phone 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 4pm)
  • Samaritans an organisation offering confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone 116 123 (a free 24 hour helpline)
  • SANE an organisation offering emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. Phone SANEline 0300 304 7000 (Daily, 4.30pm - 10.30pm)
  • YoungMinds a resource with information on child and adolescent mental health, also offering services for parents and professionals. Phone Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 4pm)

You can also find more help and support for a number of mental health issues or things that may be causing you mental health concerns by visiting the NHS's mental health support webpages online.