It is World Mental Health Day on 10 October, and the theme for 2016, set by by the World Federation for Mental Health, is "psychological first aid" and the support people can provide to those in distress.
World Mental Health Day is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and takes place every year on 10 October. As well as raising awareness of the impact poor mental health can have on people - and how the rest of us can support them – the day also gives the NHS a chance to publicise the mental health services available to local residents.
The Mental Health First Aid charity is encouraging "10-minute conversations" with a friend or colleague about their mental health, highlighting the facts that one in 10 children aged betwen five and 16 have a mental health condition, and 10 million adults will have a mental health problem this year. That's one on four of us.
NHS colleagues from main mental health provider in north Essex, known as NEP for short, are in Chelmsford high street today, having conversations about mental health. And the WHO is launching a campaign called Depression: Let's Talk which is all about making sure people with depression seek help – and get help.
You can access local adult mental health services, call IAPT. There is a separate Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) available for children and young people in mid Essex.