Copeland Council has encouraged anyone who is battling mental health struggles to reach out for help.

Saturday marked World Mental Health Day, a global opportunity to highlight the struggles faced by so many, and the strategies available to address them.

Speaking in advance of the global day of awareness, a spokesman for Copeland Council said: "The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on us all, and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.

"According to research, more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said their mental health got worse during lockdown.

"Many have developed new mental health problems as a result of the pandemic and, for some, existing mental health problems have gotten worse."

The spokesman encouraged residents to visit for advice on strategies for supporting one's own mental health, and for information on where to go if more help is needed.

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