Be Kind message for mental health week
Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner is asking us to be kind to one another, as each year one in four people in the UK experiences bad mental health.
The message comes at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, which aims to get people to share their experiences and talk openly about mental health.
Many people are struggling with mental health because of the lockdown restrictions that have been in place, leading to increased anxiety and stress levels.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill says: "I know that many people out there are struggling as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, and the isolation created by lockdown is having a knock-on effect on those who were already experiencing difficulties.
"Please, if you know someone who you think may be struggling, show them some kindness. Make a phone call, ask them how they are - it could make all the difference. And remember, particularly in our current situation, it's OK not to be OK.
"Show some kindness to yourself, there is help available, and there are people out there who will listen."
Dorset Police's Assistant Chief Constable Julie Fielding says: "Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. We wholeheartedly support this national campaign around mental health.
"Each of us know someone who may be facing the challenges of poor mental health, particularly now, when the sense of normality is disrupted. It's important that we raise awareness of such an important topic, promote openness around it and encourage people to get talking.
"We are asking everyone to help shape a society that tips the balance in favour of good mental health, for all of us, but especially for those who are most vulnerable. Your attitude to mental health could change someone's life."
If you are worried about your mental or emotional state or you are worried about someone you know please contact the Samaritans on 116 123.
Or for more information, help or advice please visit: www.mentalhealth.org.uk