World Mental Health Day falls on the 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. 

The theme for 2020 is:

Mental Health for All. Greater Investment – Greater Access. Everyone, everywhere.

Support for mental health is particularly important right now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past few months, people in all parts of society, throughout the world, have faced new challenges and had to cope with new situations. As the economic consequences of the pandemic begin to have an impact, the need for mental health support is likely to substantially increase in the coming months and years. The World Health Organisation says,

"Investment in mental health programmes at the national and international levels, which have already suffered from years of chronic underfunding, is now more important than it has ever been."

This is why the goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health. 

More information:

Click on a heading below to find out about local resources to support anyone experiencing difficulties with their mental health, including what to do in a mental health emergency.


MindWell is the single 'go to' place for information about mental health in Leeds.

It provides a portal for anyone living or working in Leeds, including GPs and other professionals, to get quick and easy access to up-to-date mental health information, including:



MindMate, a website which provides mental health and emotional wellbeing advice and information, to chidren and young people across Leeds.  The website also provides information for parents/carers who work with children and young people.

You can view a collection of short stories about feelings from young people in Leeds, by visiting the "Real Stories" page on the MindMate website.

Crisis Cards

These credit card sized leaflets contain details for services including housing, debt and bereavement, as well as emotional support.

These cards were developed with local men's groups.  These cards aim to be discreet and non-stigmatising.  They encourage people who feel low to seek support from local services that relate to the risk-factors for suicide.

Crisis Cards can be obtained from the Public Health Resource Centre.

Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

The Books on Prescription collections are available to borrow from public libraries, NHS Libraries and the Public Health Resource Centre.

Further information about Books on Prescription can be found at 

How are you feeling?

A short booklet with information about Mental Health Services in Leeds.

Leeds Libraries for Health has a range of books available on mental health.

If you would like to borrow a book please contact your local library.