Poor mental health has become an increasingly high profile concern across the UK in recent years and never more so than during the current Covid 19 crisis.
Whether it is worries about your health, about the health of family and friends, financial worries, concerns about your job or your education then the Coronavirus and all that it has brought with it has only served to amplify problems for many people.
At Sutton United we are fortunate that our chaplain, Leonard, has offered a confidential pastoral support service that is free to use for any of the Sutton United "family" (link), but we can all help. Until very recently, if we could not meet up in person then we were limited to a phone call which, welcome as it was and still is, could not compare to seeing someone face to face. Now, we are all becoming accustomed to staying in touch through apps such as Skype or WhattsApp and, increasingly, we are all finding ourselves experts in the use of virtual meeting tools such as FaceTime and Zoom. It will never replace being there with someone but these technologies are very good at bringing people and communities closer together.
So, during these very unusual times please do look out for other people and offer your support, especially if you believe that they are finding things difficult. Encourage people to contact our chaplain or use the services provided by the Mental Health Foundation (link).
The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is KINDNESS and, sometimes, that's all takes to make a difference.