World Mental Health Day takes place every year on 10th October, and is one of the biggest days in the mental health calendar. Every year, the World Federation of Mental Health and the World Health Organisation focus on a different theme to help improve global mental health education, and increase awareness and advocacy. This year the theme is “Dignity in Mental Health.”
Treating People With Dignity
“We believe that effectively supporting people experiencing mental health problems is on target to become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.”
Positive mental health wellbeing is a crucial part of any individual’s ability to manage and effectively deal with everyday tasks and problems. As we progress through life, we have to face a number of difficult life events and circumstances, which can all take a toll on our mental health. It is likely that all of us, at some point, will experience moments of anxiety, depression and stress triggered from these life events and other different influences including careers, bereavement, illness, drugs, alcohol and sexuality, which is why approaching mental health with the dignity it requires is now more important than ever.
Acknowledging mental health problems and doing what you can to support those living with poor mental health is vital in helping people to improve their mindset and receiving effective treatment. Failing to acknowledge mental health in the same way as physical health can lead to stigmatization, low confidence and self-esteem, withdrawal, social isolation and can make an individual’s situation worse.
Acknowledging the problem and providing the right support can greatly benefit an individual’s mental health wellbeing. Here are a few tips on what you can do to help yourself and others:
Reaching out to those around you and building relationships is a really important part of developing positive mental health wellbeing. Having dependable people around you can be a lifeline when times get hard and will provide you with people you can talk to. Reach out to your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues rather than being tempted to keep yourself to yourself.
Exercise is a great way to boost your mental health wellbeing. The endorphins that our bodies release when we exercise enhances our mood, help us to sleep, benefit our concentration levels and generally make us feel better about ourselves. Exercising can also be an incredibly positive social experience too – helping us to meet and interact with others who have similar interests.
Brain stimulation and focussing on new experiences can help build your confidence and make you feel more positive. Rediscovering an old interest, enrolling on a new course, taking up a new hobby, learning something new or setting yourself a new challenge can help you get more from life and meet new people along the way.
Are you involved in your local community? Being part of events, groups, gatherings and local clubs and networks can be incredibly rewarding and satisfying. They will keep you busy, unite the community and result in all sorts of inspiring stories and memories for you to share and be proud of in years to come.
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