Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has urged people in the Derry area who are suffering from mental health issues to speak out because help is available.
The party’s local health spokesperson was speaking as a number of events took place to mark World Mental Health Day.
“Often poor mental health is avoided or not talked about so today is a welcome opportunity to promote positive mental health,” she commented.
“This year more than ever with the implications of the COVID19 lockdown which has been going on for months now is having a deep impact locally on people’s mental health and wellbeing.
“When someone is feeling depressed or anxious, they don’t get the visitors and friends calling over to see if they are okay in the same way that someone does when suffering with a physical illness.
“There is still a huge degree of stigma around mental health but events like today help to break some of that down. And I would urge anyone in Derry who is dealing with a mental health issue particularly during this pandemic not to suffer in silence. There is help available and the best thing you can do is reach out and talk to someone.