World Mental Health Day
We all have mental health and it’s just as important as our physical health.
Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against the social stigma. We all have times when life gets on top of us – sometimes that’s work-related, like deadlines or a negative work environment. Sometimes it’s something else – our health, our relationships or finances. “Distress” is a word used to describe these times. When we feel distressed, we need a compassionate, human response. The earlier we are able to recognise when something isn’t quite right, the earlier we can get support.
The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples’ life worldwide
Taking care of your mental health
Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosed mental health problems. We all need to take care of our mental health and well being whether we have a mental health problem or not, World Mental Health Day is a great reminder to take a step back, tune into your feelings and check everything is okay.
Mental well being describes how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year. Research shows that in the UK one in six people experience the symptoms of a mental health problem. Sadly, over 6,000 people a year die by suicide in the UK. Different mental health problems affect people in different ways and it’s key to understand an individual’s experience. Diagnosis is not a definite way to understand a person’s experience.
Talk. If something is weighing heavy on you don’t be afraid to speak up or ask for help.
Keep active. Even a 10 min walk can clear you head and help give a new perspective.
Eat well. What you eat directly affects your mood and mental well-being.
Keep in touch. It’s important to keep lines of communication open with friends and family.
Take a break. It’s good to make time for yourself and feel relaxed.
Listen. Make time to regularly check in with yourself. Listen to your body.
How do I recognise a mental health problem?
Mental health problems can have a lot of different symptoms and signs. You should seek help from your GP if you have persisting feelings of negativity that:
- stopping you from getting on with life
- having a big impact on the people you live or work with
- affecting your mood over several weeks
- causing you to have thoughts of suicide.
We sat down with Jo, EverythingBranded HR Manager this World Mental Health Day to discuss mental health in the workplace: